22 April


Lonsdale Battalion events that took place on 22 April.
For events that took place elsewhere, see our sister project The Great War On This Day

1915 (Thursday)

  • "B Company, with the Drummers and Buglers, will parade on Saturday....for a route march through Carlisle." [1]

1916 (Saturday)

  • Contay Wood: Battalion in isolation camp (measles) involved in training and small working parties.[note 1]
  • Private James H. Shuttleworth writes to the Workington Star and Harrington Guardian: "Dear Star Man, I received the parcel so kindly forwarded by you on the 14th, for which many thanks. Please give my thanks and best wishes to the Old Side workmen. We have been out of the trenches over a fortnight now, and have had a football competition between Platoons. I am pleased to say my Platoon won it. We hope to get medals, and it we do they will make a grand souvenir of our football hours in Sunny France. We start another competition tonight. We are to meet C Company, and if we win, as I hope we do, we meet B Company in the final. I had to leave this letter for work, so am rather late getting it away. Pleased to say we beat C Company by one goal to nothing, after extra time. Will close now with best wishes to yourself and the old town, and the best of luck to the Star."[2]

1917 (Sunday)

  • Hombleux: Church Parade at 9.30am.
  • Presentation of Military Medal ribbon by Brigade Commander (Lt-Col. Girdwood DSO) at 11am.

1918 (Monday)

  • In the Line: Enemy is quiet during the day but are seen moving about in the distance.
  • Allied patrols wiring parties are active by night.
  1. Training continues for those who are able during the whole period of isolation.
  1. Record No. DLONS/L/13/13/136
  2. Won a Football Competition. Published 12 May 1916.
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 (22 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.
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