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Lonsdale Battalion events that took place on 29 January.


  • 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]
  • Punishments: A. Mattinson (13853) D Company - 168 hours’ detention.[3]
  • Discharges: J. Oliver (15454) and R. Rome (13244) of A Company.[3]
  • Punishments: A. Mattinson (13853) of D Company receives 168 hours’ detention.[3]
  • Enlistments to E Company: Joseph Scott (17559) and W.M. Black (17560).[3]


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.[6]


  • Battalion situated in the line at the R2 Sector. At 6.30pm the Lonsdales are relieved by the 17th Highland Light Infantry, moving to dug-outs in Beaumont Hamel.[7]
  • Involved in working parties. Commanding Officer and officers check the defences at Beaumont Hamel.[7]


  • Battalion situated on the front line, slight shelling around Catinat and nearby farm. No casualties.[8]

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/13/13/108
  2. 2.0 2.1 Record No. DLONS/L/13/13/136
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 Record No. DLONS/L/13/13/135
  4. Fatigue duty is the employment of manual labour assigned to military men that does not necessitate the use of weaponry.
  5. 5.0 5.1 11th Battalion War Diary, January 1916
  6. All Fairly Well and CheerfulWorkington Star and Harrington Guardian. Published 11 February 1916.
  7. 7.0 7.1 11th Battalion War Diary, January 1917
  8. 11th Battalion War Diary, January 1918