1 October

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Lonsdale Battalion events that took place on 1 October.



  • Morning practice in crossing craters. The Commanding Officer is a member of a General Court Martial.[4]




  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. Record No. DLONS/L/13/13/279
  2. Record No. DLONS/L/13/13/12
  3. Record No. DLONS/L/13/13/6
  4. 11th Battalion War Diary, October 1916
  5. 5.0 5.1 11th Battalion War Diary, October 1917


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 October), 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 Please do not publish these events without prior permission from the Lowther Estate.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.