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For events that took place elsewhere in the Great War, see The Great War:2 December.

Lonsdale Battalion events that took place on 2 December.


  • Battalion marches to Molliens-au-Bois; arrives and billets at 12:30pm.[1]
  • Involved in lectures, inspections and physical exercises.[2]


  • Battalion is situated at Berteaucourt. Church parade and inspection of billets by Commanding Officer.[3]


  • Battalion makes a night attack on German positions South of Westroosebeek in conjunction with remaining units of 97th Brigade and 2 units of the 96th Brigade.[4]
  • At Zero hour - 1.55am - the Lonsdales takes their objectives but two leapfrogging companies fall back before dawn onto subsidiary objectives, which are held all day until the enemy launches a counter attack at 4.30pm. The Lonsdale then fall back onto the old line.[4]

The following Lonsdale men died this day in 1917[edit]




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 (2 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 Please do not publish these events without prior permission from the Lowther Estate.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.