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For events that took place elsewhere in the Great War, see The Great War:22 March.

Lonsdale Battalion events that took place on 22 March.

1915 (Monday)[edit]

Events preceding the Lonsdales' arrival in France
  • Letter from General Sir Henry Mackinnon to Lt-Col. Machell: Hope to 'fetch up' at the Station Hotel, Carlisle. I shall have my Motor with me and shall come out to Camp on Friday morning for an hour or two, and should like if possible, to see a little digging, some physical drill, and other Company work. Don’t have any Parade for me. I may ask them to march past in fours. I shall be glad to see you for I know you have done your training well, although you have been handicapped by want of rifles etc.[1]

1916 (Wednesday)[edit]

1917 (Thursday)[edit]

  • Nesle: Involved with working parties on bridges and roads etc.
  • Guards and piquets are supplied, remainder of Battalion bathes.

1918 (Friday)[edit]

  • Battalion situated in Divisional Reserve.
  • Day is spent in cleaning up after tour in the line, the men concentrated in shelters along 'Canal Bank'.
  • One company is out on working party duty; two companies bathe during afternoon.



  1. Record No. DLONS/L/13/13/114


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 Please do not publish these events without prior permission from the Lowther Estate.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