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For events that took place elsewhere in the Great War, see The Great War:23 January.

Lonsdale Battalion events that took place on 23 January.

1915 (Saturday)[edit]

1916 (Sunday)[edit]

  • Aveluy: In the F1 sector. Day is quiet.
  • Private Jimmy Murray writes to the Workington Star and Harrington Guardian:
    "Dear Mr. Star Man, A few lines of thanks for the splendid parcel of tobacco received through your splendid Smoke Fund from Jack Bell’s customers. I can assure you it was very welcome to me and the boys, as we werein the trenches at the time of it’s arrival. It is with deep regret that I have to inform you that a young Moss Bay footballer called I. McQuire was killed on 22nd inst. with a whizz-bang, and two other chaps were wounded at the same time, also an officer. Young Ike was liked by everyone, from Captain to Private, in our Company, as he had a smile for everyone and was always obliging.
P.S. We would be very thankful if you could send us a mouth harmonium to cheer us up while in our dug-outs, as we have some good players amongst the Workington boys. Hoping I am not asking too great a favour of yours." [3]

1917 (Tuesday)[edit]

  • Beaumont Hamel: Situated in the trenches of the R1 Sector. Point 28 is occupied and a post established there. Patrols are sent out during night.

1918 (Wednesday)[edit]



  1. Record No. DLONS/L/13/13/105
  2. Record No. DLONS/L/13/13/135
  3. A Smile for Everybody and Always ObligingWorkington Star and Harrington Guardian. Published 4 February, 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 (23 January), 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 Please do not publish these events without prior permission from the Lowther Estate.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.