21 April

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For events that took place elsewhere in the Great War, see The Great War:21 April.

Lonsdale Battalion events that took place on 21 April.

1915 (Wednesday)[edit]

Events preceding the Lonsdales' arrival in France
  • Memo from Capt. Rivington: "Please send entrenching tools to Quartermaster’s Stores, so that....can use them this morning." [1]
  • Naval Coast Watching by civilians at St. Bees, Whitehaven, Maryport and Kirkbride.[2]

1916 (Friday)[edit]

1917 (Saturday)[edit]

  • Hombleux: Battalion training and recreation.

1918 (Sunday)[edit]

  • In the Line: Holding line comprising 11 outposts and 10 piquets.
  • Enemy quiet but aircraft active. Allied patrols are very active by night.
  • Forward and reserve companies move very little by day, but occupied with wiring during the night.
  • Support company is engaged in carrying.


  1. Training continues for those who are able during the whole period of isolation.


  1. Record No. DLONS/L/13/13/128
  2. Record No. DLONS/L/13/13/130
  3. Workington Star and Harrington Guardian.


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 Please do not publish these events without prior permission from the Lowther Estate.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