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Lonsdale Battalion events that took place on 28 April.


  • Lt-Col. Machell to Lord Lonsdale: Today received orders appointing Lonsdale to 97th Brigade with three battalions Highland Light Infantry to assemble at Prees Heath [near Whitchurch in Shropshire] and advanced party to be held in readiness proceed early so all is well. I expect we have to thank you and am deeply grateful. [1]
  • Mock attack takes place by D Company on C Company.[2]
  • Copy letter of Machell: ....The original ‘fields’ [leased] have of late been merged to a great extent, and there is no doubt that the troops use practically the entire area....though of course part of the ground, immediately in front of the Stand is used most. I suppose Mr. Irving’s claim for £57 10s represents something a little over 25% of his rent, and, having regard to everything, especially the fact that it has been impossible for him to turn out more than perhaps 1/3 of the usual number of ewes this spring, I am inclined to consider his claim to be reasonable. [3]
  • Telegram from Western Command: hold 11th Border Regiment (Lonsdale) in readiness to proceed shortly to Prees Heath. Please arrange for despatch of an advance party 4 officers 200 other ranks required at Prees Heath early to prepare camp. [4]


Dear Sir, I received your welcome parcel of tobacco in the best order, and I thank you very much for the same. We had just come out of the trenches after having a wet time of it, so I could not have received the parcel at a better time. I shared it amongst the boys, which is the general custom with any parcels from England, and it would have done you good to see the pleasant smiles on the faces of the lads when I handed a laal bit of bacca across to them. Well, I am just thinking of the Uppies and Downies do that will be taking place to-day. I would have liked to have had a go in with them; but duty first and pleasure afterwards. I am living in full confidence of coming back again to the old town. Again thanking you and the subscribers to the STAR fund for their welcome gift.[10]

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 Please do not publish these extracts on other publicly visible media without prior permission from the copyright holder.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/13/13/185
  3. Record No. DLONS/L/13/13/55
  4. Record No. DLONS/L/13/13/120
  5. A group of soldiers (or prisoners) that are assigned to perform manual tasks or duties, for their own or other units.
  6. Training continues during the whole period of isolation.
  7. 11th Battalion War Diary, April 1916
  8. Been Back a Bit, but Moved Up AgainWorkington Star and Harrington Guardian. Published 28 April, 1916.
  9. May Be Called Upon Any MinuteWorkington Star and Harrington Guardian. Published 28 April, 1916.
  10. Thinking of Uppies & DowniesWorkington Star and Harrington Guardian. Published 12 May 1916.