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30 January

January

Lonsdale Battalion events that took place on 30 January.
For events that took place elsewhere, see 30 January on The Great War wiki.

1915 (Saturday)

  • Letter to Major Binning: "Free Bathing at the Public Baths. I do not see how it is possible for the Corporation to increase the facilities for this Battalion bathing. We are now providing accommodation for 856 of your men to attend the swimming baths per week and if this does not provide for each man having a bath say once in seven days, I think the only way to meet the increased numbers will be for you to arrange for them to go say once in eight days or possibly nine." [1]
  • Charge sheet: Private H. Airey is absent without leave from tattoo for 30 minutes. Punishment given is two days confinement to barracks.[2]
  • W. Johnstone (15311) of B Company and H. Allen (13749) of C Company are punished with detention.[3]
  • Six men are forfeit pay for absence.[3][a]
  • Four men are discharged on medical grounds.[3][b]
  • Four men enlist to E Company.[3][c]

1916 (Sunday)

  • Aveluy: In billets providing fatigue duties for the Royal Engineers.
  • J. Diamond [rank not given] writes a letter to the Workington Star and Harrington Guardian saying:
    "Dear Sir, I am pleased to say I received your parcel of cigarettes and twist whilst in the trenches last week, and I desire to thank you and your readers for the kindness in sending out to us smokes. I need not tell you how much they are appreciated by all the boys out here. We have had a few more casualties during the past week, so we hope for the best when we go in again." [4]

1917 (Tuesday)

1918 (Wednesday)

  • Situated on the front line. Generally quiet with very infrequent shelling. No casualties reported.


Notes

  1. The following men are forfeit pay due to being absent:
    • W. Bell (16441), T. Minshaw (16417), G. Fawcett (15417), G. Irving (13367), A. Ferguson (15336) and T. Cape (13873).
  2. The following men were discharged on medical grounds:
    • W. Pickering (13731), A. Robinson (13441) and W. Bell (13642) of C Company;
    • N.H. McKenzie (13859) of D Company.
  3. The following men enlisted to E Company:
    • Randolph Cameron (17561), D. Henderson (17562), G. Jamieson (17563) and John Sisson (17564).
  4. Stand-to-Arms, or simply Stand-to, was the process of keeping watch in the front line trenches, observing for enemy movements and activity. Each man standing-to maintains a loaded rifle and fixed bayonet whilst standing on the trench fire step in readiness for an unexpected enemy attack.

References

  1. Record No. DLONS/L/13/13/53
  2. Record No. DLONS/L/13/13/108
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 Record No. DLONS/L/13/13/135
  4. Had a Few More Casualties but Hoping for a Rest was published in the Workington Star and Harrington Guardian, 11 February, 1916.
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