24 February

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For events that took place elsewhere in the Great War, see The Great War:24 February.

Lonsdale Battalion events that took place on 24 February.

1915 (Wednesday)[edit]

Events preceding the Lonsdales' arrival in France
  • Battalion Orders: Greatcoats will always be worn or carried by NCO’s and men proceeding to Musketry, for the purpose of protection in the case of rain and to lie upon when firing.[1]

1916 (Thursday)[edit]

  • The Lonsdales and 17th Highland Light Infantry relieve each other; the men billet in Millencourt.

1917 (Saturday)[edit]

  • Weincourt: Involved in general parades for training etc.

1918 (Sunday)[edit]

  • Woesten: Situated in camp near Woesten. Church parades as usual. Local cinemas etc. patronised in afternoon.
  • Bathing and delousing takes place; the men are issued with straw paliasses[note 1] and an extra blanket.


  1. From the French word, a Paliasse is a thin mattress that is usually stuffed with straw or sawdust.


  1. Record No. DLONS/L/13/13/136


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 Please do not publish these events without prior permission from the Lowther Estate.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