29 December

Lonsdale Battalion events that took place on 29 December.
For events that took place elsewhere in the Great War, see The Great War:29 December.

1914 (Tuesday)[edit | edit source]

  • Notes on bayonet fighting: "....you can obtain a few sacks locally & get them filled with straw & suspend from a tree, goal post etc." [1]
  • Request from the Roman Catholic chaplain: "As New Year’s Day is a Sunday would it be too much to ask you to allow the Catholic troops under your command to attend Divine Service on that day." [2]
  • Three men are discharged,[a] three men are recruited,[b] and 21 men are posted to E Company.[c][3]

1915 (Wednesday)[edit | edit source]

  • Battalion situated in the F1 sector near Bouzincourt.
  • Special attention is paid to the repairing of trenches and construction of dug-outs.

1916 (Friday)[edit | edit source]

  • Battalion situated at Pushevillers involved in Brigade sniping and map reading courses.
  • Training under Company arrangements.
  • Lt-Col. Girdwood, DSO, assumes command of Battalion.

1917 (Saturday)[edit | edit source]

  • Battalion situated at Siege Camp.
  • Three Companies on working parties in forward area; remaining Company involved with improving and cleaning the camp.

  1. Discharges: Privates J. Dixon (13490), Henry Morgan (15423), William Barnes (15363).
  2. Recruits: William Little, John green, William R. Harrison.
  3. The following men were posted to E Company:
  1. Record No. DLONS/L/13/13/81
  2. Record No. DLONS/L/13/13/112
  3. Record No. DLONS/L/13/13/135
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 (29 December), 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 Please do not publish these events without prior permission from the Lowther Estate.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.