21 February

Lonsdale Battalion events that took place on 21 February.


Dear Sir, I am writing these few lines thanking you for the parcel I received yesterday, also “Juno” and the customers of the “Black Cock”, Distington. We are now out of the trenches for a rest a few miles behind the firing line, living in canvas huts in a wood surrounded by nothing else but mud. The Old Toms, pipe and tobacco came in handy, and I divided the cigs between my pals. Again thanking you and wishing your paper every success. [4]



  • Battalion situated at Woesten. Companies spend the day working in Battle Zone, leaving by train at 6.45 & 9.15am. They take over 4 anti-aircraft Lewis gun positions.[7]
  • The Lonsdales are congratulated on account of recent raid on 18 February.[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 Please do not publish these extracts on other publicly visible media without prior permission from the copyright holder.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. Fatigue duty is the employment of manual labour assigned to military men that does not necessitate the use of weaponry.
  2. 11th Battalion War Diary, February 1916
  3. Most likely to be Morrison Timmins (19499 Pte.)
  4. In Canvas Huts Surrounded by MudWorkington Star and Harrington Guardian. Published 10 March, 1916.
  5. 11th Battalion War Diary, February 1917
  6. Soldiers Died in the Great War (1921) cross referenced with the Commonwealth War Graves Commission database.
  7. 7.0 7.1 11th Battalion War Diary, February 1918