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For events that took place elsewhere in the Great War, see The Great War:27 January.

Lonsdale Battalion events that took place on 27 January.

1915 (Wednesday)[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]
  • New recruit enlistments to E Company.[5][note 1]

1916 (Thursday)[edit]

  • In the F1 sector near Aveluy. Allied artillery bombards new enemy gun emplacement.
  • Drummer F. Bateman, D. Coy. (Workington) writes to the Workington Star and Harrington Guardian:
    "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." [6]

1917 (Saturday)[edit]

1918 (Sunday)[edit]

  • A Company and C Company move forward from Wood 16 and Tilleul Wood and relieve the remaining 2 companies of the 8th Royal Berkshires in the front line.
  • B Company and D Company leave La Bergerie Camp and take over the Brigade Reserve positions vacated by A and C Companies.
  • Whole battalion relief is complete by 7pm. The night is very quiet with zero casualties reported.
  • Deaths: Roderick Carroll (34473 Pte.) [note 3]


  1. The following men enlisted into E Company of the battalion:
    • 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)

  2. Nichol is buried at Auchonvillers Military Cemetery, reference no. II.J.19.
  3. Carroll is buried at Arneke British Cemetery, reference no. I.B.5.


  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. An Unlucky CompanyWorkington Star and Harrington Guardian. Published 13 February, 1916.


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 (27 January), 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.