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Lonsdale Battalion events that took place on 20 January.


  • 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 Pte.) 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]
  • Enlistments to E Company: W.E. Rooke (17524), Joseph Murphy (127525), Robert Murray (17526), Thomas Hayes (17527), James Irving (17528), Thomas Forrester (17529), R.W. Hall (17530), A. Gaughy (17531).[4]



  • Battalion receives operation orders to leave Mailly-Maillet at 3.30pm and proceed to relieve the 2nd Gordons in Sector R1 (Beaumont Hamel).[6]


  • Battalion leaves Tournehem at 4.30am and marches to Audricq. The Lonsdales entrain for Elverdinghe, then they march to 'Caribou Camp.' All complete in camp by 5.30pm.[7]

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 Please do not publish these extracts on other publicly visible media without prior permission from the copyright holder.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/13/13/23
  3. Record No. DLONS/L/13/13/136
  4. Record No. DLONS/L/13/13/135
  5. 11th Battalion War Diary, January 1916
  6. 11th Battalion War Diary, January 1917
  7. 11th Battalion War Diary, January 1918