28 October

Lonsdale Battalion events that took place on 28 October.
For events that took place elsewhere in the Great War, see The Great War:28 October.

1914 (Wednesday)[edit | edit source]

  • Three men recruited at High Hesket.[1]
  • William Dalton (15406) enlists in Carlisle and Evan Jonathan Hughes (17358) at Kendal.
  • John Gibson of the Y.M.C.A. in Kendal in response to Lord Lonsdale about accommodating recruits at the Y.M.C.A: "Our aim is to provide a home from home for the men and to keep them out of temptation’s way. We have organised sing songs, concerts, band entertainments, shooting and billiard competitions, and allow smoking throughout the place" [2]
  • Robert Fulton of Cummersdale Mills: "We have been carrying out a good many alterations to our Range but we hope to complete them by Saturday and you would be able to commence shooting any time after that....You will be able at least to have 12 men shooting at once and if found necessary 18 with very little difficulty....We have managed to get 11 Rifles several clubs having kindly responded to our appeal. I have been fortunate in getting 20,000 Rds of Ammunition....I take it you will be using the white target with round “bull” at first until your men get used to the sights....But if later you wanted to use the green card with khaki man upon it...." [3]

1916 (Saturday)[edit | edit source]

1917 (Sunday)[edit | edit source]

  • Battalion situated in the Roubrouck Area.
  • A practice attack is carried out at dawn, zero hour 5.30am.
  • Church Parades held for Companies during the afternoon.

  1. Record No. DLONS/L/13/13/12
  2. Record No. DLONS/L/13/13/279
  3. Record No. DLONS/L/13/13/?
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 (28 October), 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 Please do not publish these events without prior permission from the Lowther Estate.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.