2 November


Lonsdale Battalion events that took place on 2 November.
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1914 (Monday)

  • Letter from Local Government Board: "....the conditions at Blackwell Camp....the following occur to me as the most important considerations in connection with its sanitation: steps should be taken to render the drinking of water from the well impossible....the conditions of water-carts which convey the Carlisle water to the camp should be strictly supervised and the tanks should be kept scrupulously clean...." [1]
  • Letter from Y.M.C.A.: "I understand that your Battalion is to be quartered for the winter in Carlisle and....we have been wondering whether we could offer you the use of our organisation and staff to carry on the work on the lines with which you are familiar for the benefit of your men. We have been approached by a number of our friends in the Lake District asking if we are going to do anything for the men, and of course, we are anxious to be of any possible service." [2]
  • Enlistments: Stanley Bacon (15492 Pte.) and Francis Little (17584 Pte.).

1915 (Tuesday)

  • Codford: Battalion involved in programme of work for Machine Gun Section. [3]

1916 (Thursday)

  • Battalion situated at La Vicgone involved in Brigade Field Day.
  • 2.25pm: The Lonsdales take up position in artillery formation beyond a wood 2000 yards west of Herissat (near Talmas).
  • 2.30pm: Advance 3000 meters in a westerly direction.
  • 3.23pm: A Company, the leading company, passes through Val de Maison. Then shortly followed by B, C and D Companies.
  • 3.45pm: Advance in waves at 100 yard intervals towards La Vicgone:
    • A Company at 3.45pm, B Company at 3.50pm, C & D Companies at 3.52pm.
  • 4.10pm: Rear of Battalion experiences difficulties. The ground in this area is rough and contains wire fences with deep gullies.
  • 4.12pm: Held up again. Companies are mixed and slightly disorganised. Battalion again advances.
  • 4.30pm: Battalion is well over rough the ground.
  • 4.40pm: Position of consolidation is occupied on western side of La Vicgone.
  • 4.43pm: Patrols push forward.

1917 (Friday)

  • Battalion situated in the Roubrouck Area involved in Company training.


  1. Record No. DLONS/L/13/13/89
  2. Record No. DLONS/L/13/13/258
  3. Record No. DLONS/L/13/13/177
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