29 November

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Lonsdale Battalion events that took place on 29 November.


  • Lt-Col. Machell to Lord Lonsdale: ....yesterday the Lonsdales beat the “Carlisle United” F.C. by 2 goals to 0 – a fine match, far the best yet. The weather is awful & there is a lot of mild sort of influenza – in fact it is just a matter of ‘how bad’ everyone is, but it will do us all good. I have got all up from the Stables now except those who actually mess in the Pavilion, & hope to get the Kendal Company in the new huts by Xmas. There has been a muddle about the greatcoats which are now urgently required – the Committee appear not to have made a proper contract, so has been at the mercy of the contractor....Your belts are a godsend, & the rugs. [1]



  • Battalion situated at Berteaucourt involved in General parades of instruction & training.[3]
  • L/Sgt. J.W. Oglethorpe writes to his parents from a home hospital: I got wounded on the 18th in an advance we made. I got shot through the left arm, and have lost the use of it, and I have trench feet and cannot walk; but the worst of it all is that I got hit on Saturday night and was in a shell hole until Wednesday. I was 4 days and 3 nights without food and water. I only had half a bottle of water, so you will know what I suffered. I got to England on the 25th, and am going on all right now.[4]


  • Battalion situated at Hill Top Farm preparing battle stores and equipment.[5]
  • Enemy shells the camp with 4.2 shrapnel from 7am – 8.30am at a rate of 6 shell a minute. 2 other ranks wounded.[5]

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