25 January

Lonsdale Battalion events that took place on 25 January.


  • Letter from Lt-Col. P. W Machell: Having obtained the loan of a few service rifles and a small quantity of ammunition, I wish to put each Company through a modified course of musketry as it completes its practice with the Miniature rifle. There is a range at Burgh by Sands,....which in normal times belongs to the Territorial Force, but has now been taken over by the War Office. I have permission from the T.F.A. to make use of their Target requisites. [1]
  • Discharges on medical grounds: E. Storey (15472) and F. Gardner (16343) of C Company.[2]
  • Appointments as Lance Corporals: J. Fisher (13332) of A Company and G.A. Boyes (15339) of C Company.[2]


Dear Madam, I write from the trenches to beg you to accept the assurance of my deepest sympathy in your sorrow. Your son was greatly liked, and his death is regretted by the whole Battalion. He was not willing to accept promotion, but he was a natural leader always cheerful, and carrying others with him in his desire to do his best all the time, and he did lead, without perhaps knowing it himself. I hope it may be some little consolation to know how much we all valued your boy, and how deeply his death is felt by us all. [4]



  • Battalion leaves 'Caribou Camp' for 'La Bergerie Camp' at 11.15am; arrives in camp at 2pm.[6]

References / notes[edit]

Material from Timeline/Chronology of the Lonsdale Battalion (September 1914 - May 1915) are sourced from the DLONS/L/13/13 Lowther Estate Archives. Entries from this timeline are reproduced here with kind permission of Jim Lowther and are not available under the license of this site. Please do not publish these extracts on other publicly visible media without prior permission from the copyright holder.