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Lonsdale Battalion events that took place on 1 May.

1915[edit]

  • Letter from R. Sewell, saddler and harness maker of Carlisle:
Before the Battalion leaves the Blackhall Camp I should like to have the pleasure of presenting your Mascot....for when he leads the Regiment....as to colour and as a suggestion I would either say Lord Lonsdale’s colours, blue, trimmed with yellow with a monogram L.B. in the hind corners. [1]
Before a battalion leaves its present station the horses are to be examined by a veterinary surgeon. Should any be found unfit to travel, and found to be suffering from contagious or infectious diseases, local arrangements are to be made for their care until they are able to rejoin their units. Officers Commanding Battalions will be most particular to ascertain from householders and damages to billets during the stay of their men in the town, and if possible they should be made to sign a form together with the last payment, that no liabilities for damage are outstanding. If there is any possibility of complaints from any farmers, or any other people who have lent ground for manoeuvring purposes, they should be investigated before the battalion leaves. Any unused Ordnance maps in the possession of units should be returned. [2]

1916[edit]

  • Battalion in isolation camp at Contay Wood (measles) involved in Divisional and Brigade manoeuvres, training and small working parties.[3] Training continues during the whole period of isolation.[4]

References / notes[edit]

Material from Timeline/Chronology of the Lonsdale Battalion (September 1914 - May 1915) are sourced from the DLONS/L/13/13 Lowther Estate Archives. Entries from this timeline are reproduced here with kind permission of Jim Lowther and are not available under the license of this site. Please do not publish these extracts on other publicly visible media without prior permission from the copyright holder.

  1. Record No. DLONS/L/13/13/127
  2. Record No. DLONS/L/13/13/120
  3. A group of soldiers (or prisoners) that are assigned to perform manual tasks or duties, for their own or other units.
  4. 11th Battalion War Diary, May 1916