23 April

April
Lonsdale Battalion events that took place on 23 April.
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1915 (Friday)

  • "....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 (Sunday)

  • Contay Wood: Battalion in isolation camp (measles) involved in training and small working parties.[a]
  • Private J.J. Tallentire (18130) writes to the Workington Star and Harrington Guardian: "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." [2]
  • H. Ward writes to the Workington Star and Harrington Guardian: "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."[3]

1917 (Monday)

  • Hombleux: Battalion route march towards Ham incorporating tactical exercise.
  • Musketry takes place during afternoon.

1918 (Tuesday)

Notes

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

References

  1. Record No. DLONS/L/13/13/128
  2. We'll Make Them Give in. Published 12 May, 1916.
  3. Made Fritz Angry. Published 12 May, 1916.
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