2 May

Lonsdale Battalion events that took place on 2 May.
For events that took place elsewhere, see our sister project The Great War On This Day

1916 (Tuesday)

  • Contay Wood: Battalion in isolation camp (measles) involved in Divisional and Brigade manoeuvres, training and small working parties.[note 1]
  • Lance-Corporal W.H. Postlethwaite writes from a home hospital to the Workington Star and Harrington Guardian: "Dear Sir, I have much pleasure in writing these few lines to thank you for the two parcels of cigarettes received. Also my thanks are due to my uncle W.T. Pursglove, of Philadelphia, and the Moss Bay Roll Turners, for their generous subscription to your valuable Fund, and their good wishes that you would send me some of your cigarettes. I was very pleased to note in the "Star" that you have carried out my wishes, and sent the surplus of my American parcel to my Platoon out in the trenches. The cigarettes which I have received here, and distributed amongst my fellow patients, are excellent, and I am sure that all the fellows "out there" will appreciate them. I sincerely hope they are having a quiet time, and are able to sit down and enjoy their smokes in peace, without being troubled even with an occasional visit by a "whizz-bang" which are very anxious to oblige by flicking off the ash of your cigarette. Of late I have been having a fairly hard time of it. I have been having some pieces of the Kaiser’s old iron taken from my chest, but thanks to the careful attention of the Sisters and nurses, and their untiring devotion to duty, I am again feeling almost my former self. The accomplishments of these "Florence Nightingales" of modern warfare will ever stand out in he annals of British History. All honour to them. Again thanking you, your staff, and readers, and wishing you and them all the very best of health and luck." [1]

1917 (Wednesday)

  • Offoy: Inspection of Brigade by Corps Commander Lt-Gen. Woolcombe DSO.
  • Brigade is praised for good work in recent operations. Exceptionally smart turn out.

1918 (Thursday)

  • Laherliere: Battalion and Company training during forenoon; night operations from 8-11.30pm.
  1. Training continues for those who are able during the whole period of isolation.
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 May), 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.
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