1 May


Lonsdale Battalion events that took place on 1 May.
For events that took place elsewhere, see our sister project The Great War On This Day

1915 (Saturday)

  • 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]
  • Letter from Brigadier Mackenzie to Lt-Col. Machell: "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 (Monday)

1917 (Tuesday)

1918 (Wednesday)

  • Laherliere: Battalion and Company training carried out.
  1. Training continues for those who are able during the whole period of isolation.
  1. Record No. DLONS/L/13/13/127
  2. Record No. DLONS/L/13/13/120
Various sources contemporary to the war have been used to compile The Lonsdale Battalion On This Day. The majority of the events shown on this day (1 May), including any supplementary notes, enlistments and statistical data etc., have been primarily sourced from the Lonsdale Battalion War Diary (November 1915 to June 1918), Record of the XIth (Service) Battalion (Lonsdale) and abridged material from Timeline and Chronology of the Lonsdale Battalion (September 1914 - May 1915), which are sourced from the original DLONS/L/13/13 Lowther Estate Archives. Events from that chronology are reproduced here with kind permission of Jim Lowther (2016). They are identified and referenced separately by their unique DLONS numbers. Please do not publish these events without prior permission from the Lowther Estate. All casualty names, numbers, ranks, date of deaths and places of burial/commemoration have been sourced from Soldiers Died in the Great War 1914-19, Volume 39, The Border Regiment and the Commonwealth War Graves Commission database respectively.
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