1 October


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

1914 (Thursday)

  • One man is recruited in Cumwhitton.[1]
  • Enlistments: Howard Nicholson (13402 Pte.)
  • Colour-Sergeant Cowie (Border Regiment) is appointed the Battalion's Sergeant-Major. He remains in the role until 20 May, 1915.
  • Telegram from Lt-Col. Machell: "Lord Lonsdale has obtained authority enlist five feet five instead five feet six." [2]
  • Telegram from Lord Lonsdale to Lt-Col. Machell: "have got present for each man of pair blankets if not three they will all be at Carlisle today." [3]
  • Letter from Carlisle Cooperative Society: “We regret our inability to procure any Cardigans, Jackets & Sweaters of any description whatsoever. We have tried all our available sources, and have found it impossible to get even a dozen..."[1]
  • Nominal roll for C Company based in Kendal.[4]

1915 (Friday)

  • Mackinnon to Lord Lonsdale: "... I am afraid for purposes of training that the Battalion must go, but I have given instructions that a small party shall be left behind for recruiting purposes..." [5]

1916 (Sunday)

  • Morning practice in crossing craters. The Commanding Officer is a member of a General Court Martial.

1917 (Monday)

  • Holding the left sub-sector of Lombardzyde Sector – dispositions are unchanged.
  • 2nd Lieut. J.G.M. Marr is wounded. Five other ranks are killed and five are wounded.


1918 (Tuesday)


  1. Company Sergeant Major Matthews was awarded the Military Medal for his actions on a night raid on the Leipzig Salient, the Bull’s Eye German Trenches, on 5 June 1916. He attained the rank of Captain and was commissioned in the 15th South Lancashire Regiment. He died in the UK and is buried at Battersea Rise Cemetery.
  2. 2nd Lieutenant Matthews was awarded the Mlitary Cross for his actions on 5 September 1918. Citation reads: "When crossing the Somme at Brie, on 5th September, 1918, he attacked and captured two machine guns that were hampering our advance. He displayed great gallantry and tactical skill in the method of the operation, which was completely successful at the cost of few casualties, in spite of heavy artillery and machine-gun fire." One month later he was killed in action and is buried at Bellicourt British Cemetery.


  1. 1.0 1.1 Record No. DLONS/L/13/13/279
  2. Record No. DLONS/L/13/13/12
  3. Record No. DLONS/L/13/13/6
  4. Record No. DLONS/L/13/13/185
  5. Record No. DLONS/L/13/13/279
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