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For events that took place elsewhere in the Great War, see The Great War:29 January.

Lonsdale Battalion events that took place on 29 January.

1915 (Friday)[edit]

  • Charge sheet: Private H. Allen charged with refusing to obey an order given by, and using improper language to, an NCO - 48 hours detention.[1]
  • Battalion Orders: "In future meals will be set out in the Cook-house in the following order: C Company, D Company, B Company and Orderlies will parade and will be marched in accordingly, so that meals of those who have furthest to go will start first." [2]
  • "O.C. Companies will have the NCO’s and men of their respective Companies measured by the Master Tailor without delay." [2]
  • Discipline: "Units returning to camp after route marching, night work, or field operations will be called to attention at least 100 yards from the entrance and will march to their private parades for dismissal by the officer or NCO in command. In wet weather, or whenever it appears desirable the O.C. Company may order platoons or sections to march direct to their respective rooms where they will be properly dismissed by their Commanders." [3]
  • A. Mattinson (13853) of D Company is given 168 hours’ detention.[3]
  • J. Oliver (15454) and R. Rome (13244) of A Company are discharged.
  • Joseph Scott (17559) and W.M. Black (17560) enlist to E Company.

1916 (Saturday)[edit]

  • Aveluy: In billets providing fatigue duties for the Royal Engineers.
  • Private Rowland Cowper writes letter to the Workington Star and Harrington Guardian saying:
    "Dear Sir, Having had the pleasure of receiving a parcel of “Star” cigarettes, tobacco and matches, presumably through the instigation of the “Wheat Sheaf” and also by the "Miners Arms" customers. I would be greatly obliged, if, through the medium of your paper, you can find room to thank them on my behalf for their kindness. The smokes were greatly appreciated by some of my comrades and myself, and I can assure you we are truly grateful. I often notice letters in your paper from some of our boys, so I will not weary you any more with our experiences, suffice it to say that with the exception of a few casualties we are all fairly well and cheerful under the circumstances, and going strong although, I daresay, by now we have a somewhat weatherbeaten experience. However, it is the fortune of war, and I hope it will not be long before the terrible conflict is brought to a successful conclusion." [4]

1917 (Monday)[edit]

  • Beaumont Hamel: In the line in the R2 Sector where. At 6.30pm, the Lonsdales are relieved by the 17th Highland Light Infantry and move to dug-outs in Beaumont Hamel.
  • Involved in working parties. Commanding Officer and officers check the defences at the village.

1918 (Tuesday)[edit]

  • Situated on the front line; slight shelling around Catinat and nearby farm. No casualties reported.



  1. Record No. DLONS/L/13/13/108
  2. 2.0 2.1 Record No. DLONS/L/13/13/136
  3. 3.0 3.1 Record No. DLONS/L/13/13/135
  4. All Fairly Well and CheerfulWorkington Star and Harrington Guardian. Published 11 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 (29 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.