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Lonsdale Battalion events that took place on 27 January.

1915[edit]

  • Bedding return: blankets 807, mattresses 284, bolsters 284.[1]
  • Blackhall Camp and its content are insured for against fire for £3800; the premiums total £3 18s 1d.[2]
  • Letter from Capt. Diggle to Major Binning: The C.O. wants to know if you can possibly write ... for leave for E Coy to go to the Baths every Tuesday; as they are rapidly joining the ‘great unwashed.’ Some of the men have already been here for 5 weeks. [3]
  • Private Connor has been off duty since the 18th on sick owing to influenza; he has not had any more attacks of rheumatism, but he has had his teeth removed, as the doctor stated that this was the root of all his trouble – He is a good soldier and works very well. [4]
  • Punishments: T. O’Toole (13882) is given one week’s detention.[5]
  • Enlistments to E Company:[5]
  • John Scully (17534)
  • W. green (17535)
  • L. Davis (17536)
  • J. Grant (17537)
  • J.W. Glendinning (17538)
  • F. Hetherington (17539)
  • Adam Bell (17540)
  • J.R. Elliot (17541)
  • Ed. Critchley (17542)
  • J.R. Garner (17543)
  • John Stamp (17544)
  • H.J. Kindleysides (17545)
  • Robert Norman (17546)
  • R.H. Cowper (17547)
  • James Belcher (17548)
  • J.E. Watson (17549)
  • Hos. Armstrong (17550)
  • Peter Rafferty (17551)
  • Andrew Elliot (17552)
  • G.H. Bartle (17753)
  • J. Blackett (17554)
  • Thomas Clarke Hartness (17555 Pte.)
  • Henry Gass (17556)

1916[edit]

Dear Sir, Just a few lines to let you know I received your welcome parcel of Old Toms. We are in the trenches for seven days, and I received it the third day in. It is a treat to see how the boys like to smoke a cig sent from the old town. We have another seven days to do yet, and then we go for a three week's rest. Of course, we do seven days in reserve before we come in again. We are working very hard now to keep the trenches a little decent. They were in an awful state when first we took them over. Some places are knee deep in mud, and others are quite dry. Our company has been the unluckiest. We have had seven casualties. That makes sixteen in the Regiment. [7]

1917[edit]

1918[edit]

  • 'A' and 'C' Companies move forward from 'Wood 16' and 'Tilleul Wood' and relieve the remaining 2 Companies of the 8th Battalion, Royal Berkshires in the front line.[10]
  • 'B' and 'D' Companies leave 'La Bergerie Camp' and take over the Brigade Reserve positions vacated by 'A' and 'C' Companies.[10]
  • Whole Battalion relief is complete by 7pm. Night very quiet with zero casualties.[10]
  • Deaths: Roderick Carroll (34473 Pte.)[9]

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/13/13/58
  2. Record No. DLONS/L/13/13/47
  3. Record No. DLONS/L/13/13/53
  4. Record No. DLONS/L/13/13/88
  5. 5.0 5.1 Record No. DLONS/L/13/13/135
  6. 11th Battalion War Diary, January 1916
  7. An Unlucky CompanyWorkington Star and Harrington Guardian. Published 13 February, 1916.
  8. 11th Battalion War Diary, January 1917
  9. 9.0 9.1 Soldiers Died in the Great War (1921) cross referenced with the Commonwealth War Graves Commission database.
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 11th Battalion War Diary, January 1918