23 April

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Lonsdale Battalion events that took place on 23 April.

1915[edit]

  • ....the names of any men in their Companies who are specially skilled millwrights, fitters, tool-makers, turners, drillers, gear-planers, grinders, capstan hands, millers, profile universal and vertical planers, slotters, crossmillers, rifling machinists, lapping machinists, reamering machinists and chambering machinists desiring temporary release from the Army for employment in armament workshops. [1]

1916[edit]

Dear Sir, I take great pleasure in writing to let you know that I received your beautiful parcel of cigarettes, tobacco, etc., and I thank you very much indeed. Where we are you can’t get hold of a cigarette like Old Tom. I see the parcel has been to my Regiment: but I have got it all right. I hope you may have a good Easter. I haven’t much news for you, but if the sods do not give in before long, they will be made to, and they deserve all they get.[4]
Dear Sir, having received the parcel of cigarettes you so kindly sent me, I wish to thank you for your goodness in thinking about the boys out here. The night that parcel arrived I shared them round to the Platoon, and not having had a fag for a day or two we lit up for an enjoyable smoke; but alas! Fritz must have smelt them and got angry, for he started bombarding us, and made an attempt to attack. It was pretty warm; but we are still smiling. Thanking you once more. Private W. Humes also wishes to be remembered to you.[5]

1918[edit]

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 Please do not publish these extracts on other publicly visible media without prior permission from the copyright holder.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/13/13/128
  2. A group of soldiers (or prisoners) that are assigned to perform manual tasks or duties, for their own or other units.
  3. 11th Battalion War Diary, April 1916
  4. We'll Make Them Give inWorkington Star and Harrington Guardian. Published 12 May, 1916.
  5. Made Fritz AngryWorkington Star and Harrington Guardian. Published 12 May, 1916.