24 December

Lonsdale Battalion events that took place on 24 December.
For events that took place elsewhere in the Great War, see The Great War:24 December.

1914 (Thursday)[edit | edit source]

  • Christmas telegram from Lord Lonsdale: "Christmas greeting to you and yours and all the best of wishes. It is Regiments such as yours that are going to establish the supremacy of England for - ever and sincerely trust that this will be done as speedily as possible and that next Xmas I can congratulate you upon all success and the safety of the Empire but troops are still needed so use your collective and individual help in recruiting in the interest of the King and your country." [1]
  • Privates F. Moscrop (17382), D. Macdonald (13783), W.T. Armstrong (17384), F.G. Wilson (17385), T. Macdonald (17386), F. Robinson (17387) are posted to E Company.[2]
  • "The following Christmas presents have been received from the Earl of Lonsdale 1,600 pounds plum pudding and 1,300 cigars. Also: 1,000 cigarettes, 40 tins of sweetmeats, 8 geese, 100 body belts." [3]

1915 (Friday)[edit | edit source]

1916 (Sunday)[edit | edit source]

  • Battalion situated at Puchevillers. Church parade and inspection of billets.

1917 (Monday)[edit | edit source]

  • Battalion situated at Siege Camp involved in cleaning up etc.

  1. Record No. DLONS/L/13/13/112
  2. Record No. DLONS/L/13/13/135
  3. Record No. DLONS/L/13/13/?
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 (24 December), 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 Please do not publish these events without prior permission from the Lowther Estate.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.