20 January

Lonsdale Battalion events that took place on 20 January.
For events that took place elsewhere in the Great War, see The Great War:20 January.

1915 (Wednesday)[edit | edit source]

  • Letter from Lt-Col. Machell: "The Battalion under my command having instituted dry earth latrines....I shall be obliged if you will....authorise me to make a Contract for the removal of the contents of the pails. I enclose an offer from....who is prepared to do the work up to 50 pails a day, which will meet requirements. I consider 12s per day for 1 horse and 2 men to be reasonable." [1]
  • Lt-Col. Machell’s letter regarding discharge of Thomas Stewart: "....discharged on account of his unsatisfactory conduct. He was not guilty of any serious crime, but on account of his slovenliness, slackness and undesirable influence it was considered desirable to discharge him." [2]
  • Battalion Orders: "....death of Joseph Fairlamb (17464) of E Company, which took place, through an accident, near Brampton....A Funeral Party composed of a Firing Party of 1 Sergeant, 1 Corporal and 12 men of C Company with 1 Drummer and 2 Buglers and 12 representatives of E. Company,....under the command of 2nd Lieut. Margerison....will proceed by train to Brampton for the purpose of attending the funeral at Farlam Church....cold luncheon to be sent by transport to the Railway Station for consumption in the train. Greatcoats will be worn or carried rolled according to the direction of the Officer in charge." [3]
  • Eight new recruits enlist to E Company.[4][note 1]

1916 (Thursday)[edit | edit source]

1917 (Saturday)[edit | edit source]

  • Operation orders are received to leave Mailly-Maillet at 3.30pm and to proceed to relieve the 2nd Gordons in Sector R1 (Beaumont Hamel).

1918 (Sunday)[edit | edit source]

  • Battalion leaves Tournehem at 4.30am and marches to Audricq where they entrain for Elverdinghe, near Ypres.
  • Battalion continue their march to Caribou Camp. All complete in camp by 5.30pm.

  1. The following men enlisted into E Company:
    • W.E. Rooke (17524)
    • Joseph Murphy (17525)
    • Robert Murray (17526)
    • Thomas Hayes (17527)
    • James Irving (17528)
    • Thomas Forrester (17529)
    • R.W. Hall (17530)
    • A. Gaughy (17531)
  1. Record No. DLONS/L/13/13/89
  2. Record No. DLONS/L/13/13/23
  3. Record No. DLONS/L/13/13/136
  4. Record No. DLONS/L/13/13/135
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 (20 January), 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.