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For events that took place elsewhere in the Great War, see The Great War:25 April.

Lonsdale Battalion events that took place on 25 April.

1915 (Sunday)[edit]

Events preceding the Lonsdales' arrival in France

1916 (Tuesday)[edit]

"Dear Sir, I take this opportunity of writing a few lines thanking you very much for the parcel of twist which I received quite safe yesterday. I can assure you it came at the right moment, as I had run out of the last issue. Our Battalion are now away from the firing line enjoying a well-earned rest, which I think they deserve, having had a rough time of it lately. I shared the parcel out with the lads of my Section, and they are enjoying a good smoke and wish to thank you very much.
The Battalion has been running a football competition, eleven out of a Platoon, to meet teams out of other Companies, and I am glad to tell you that the lads of D Company (Workington), 13th Platoon had the honour of beating No. 2 Platoon (Carlisle) by two goals to nothing. It brought back memories of the old 'Derby Days.' Thanking you once again, and hoping you are all in the best of health, and wishing your paper every success." [1]

1917 (Wednesday)[edit]

  • Offoy: Battalion training and smartening up generally.
  • A draft of 91 other ranks arrives from Infantry Base Depot.

1918 (Thursday)[edit]

  • In the Line: Preparations for relief. Enemy is quiet.
  • Guards reconnoitre the line and relieve the Lonsdales late at night.

Notes[edit]

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

References[edit]

Acknowledgements[edit]

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 Please do not publish these events without prior permission from the Lowther Estate.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