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Lonsdale Battalion events that took place on 25 September.


  • Three men are recruited in Aspatria. The Recruiting Office opens at 7 Devonshire Street, Carlisle.[1]
  • 14 men enlist into A Company.[2]
  • Enlistments: Charles Johnston (13279 Sgt.).
  • Use of Blackhall Racecourse (Battalion Headquarters) starts with Major Binning , Captain Sale and 75 recruits, forming the nucleus of A and B Companies of North Cumberland men.
  • Lt-Col. P.W. Machell takes over command of Battalion Headquarters.[3]
  • Newspaper article: Workington Committee for Lonsdale Recruiting.[4]
  • Major Binning writes to J.W. Barker, manager of the racecourse: I have arranged with the Boys Scout Authority to provide 10 Scouts for orderly work in connection with the new Camp. [5]
  • Letter from the Y.M.C.A. in Kendal: We give them [Lonsdale Battalion] a most hearty welcome to use our Rooms during their stay in Kendal. We have Reading & Writing, Billiard & Smoking, Miniature Shooting & Gymnasium Rooms. [6]


  • In reserve at Le Quesnoy finding working parties [7] for the front line trenches and Royal Engineers.[8]


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 Please do not publish these extracts on other publicly visible media without prior permission from the copyright holder.

  1. Record No. DLONS/L/13/13/279
  2. Record No. DLONS/L/13/13/8
  3. Col. Machell becomes the heart of the Battalion and the men come to revere him. He turns the varied farm servants, miners, clerks etc. into soldiers, initially on his own, as he does not even have an Adjutant (Capt. P.G.W. Diggle) until December when he is appointed.
  4. Workington Star and Harrington Guardian, published 25 September, 1914.
  5. Record No. DLONS/L/13/13/12
  6. Record No. DLONS/L/13/13/111
  7. A group of soldiers (or prisoners) that are assigned to perform manual tasks or duties, for their own or other units.
  8. 11th Battalion War Diary, September 1916
  9. 11th Battalion War Diary, September 1917