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Lonsdale Battalion events that took place on 20 February.


  • Total strength of the Companies = 1313 men.[1]
  • Copy telegram from Major Binning: [oil] Engine completely broken down send man immediately ... [2]


Dear Sir, I am very pleased to say that I received the concertina quite safe to-day, and I desire to thank you and the donor for this gift. I have handed the concertina to Private Whitehead, and he is quite satisfied with it and wishes to thank the donor, who happens to be an old pal of his, and both the concertina and playing cards enclosed are being freely used by the Platoon. We were quite taken by surprise when it arrived, and never expected such a ready response to the appeal. I can safely say that Workington men of the Lonsdales have not wanted long for anything if made it known to the public. We are now a few miles behind the line of fire, but how long we shall remain here I cannot say. We are well in mud, but our sleep is not disturbed at night by shells or whizz-bangs, so we shall put up with any other inconveniences. We are at present experiencing some very wet weather, which does not improve the terra firma. I must draw to a close, wishing your valuable paper every success, and again thanking Mr. ___ for his kindness. Private Whitehead also expresses his thanks, and never expected that his friend would be the donor, and the mention of the name gave him remembrances of his football days. With best thanks and kind regards. [6]



  • Battalion situated in camp near Woesten. The day is spent in cleaning up and improving billets; camp is scattered, consisting of old shelters and a few huts.[9]

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 Please do not publish these extracts on other publicly visible media without prior permission from the copyright holder.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/13/13/89
  2. Record No. DLONS/L/13/13/59
  3. Fatigue duty is the employment of manual labour assigned to military men that does not necessitate the use of weaponry.
  4. 11th Battalion War Diary, February 1916
  5. Most likely to be Charles William Pugh (16421 L/Sgt.)
  6. Got Concertina All Right - Plenty of Mud but No ShellsWorkington Star and Harrington Guardian. Published 10 March, 1916.
  7. 11th Battalion War Diary, February 1917
  8. Soldiers Died in the Great War (1921) cross referenced with the Commonwealth War Graves Commission database.
  9. 11th Battalion War Diary, February 1918