30 January

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Lonsdale Battalion events that took place on 30 January.


  • 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 absent without leave from tattoo for 30 minutes - 2 days confined to barracks.[2]
  • Enlistments to E Company: Randolph Cameron (17561), D. Henderson (17562), G. Jamieson (17563) and John Sisson (17564).[3]
  • Punishments in detention: W. Johnstone (15311) of B Company; H. Allen (13749) of C Company.[3]
  • Forfeiture of pay for absence: W. Bell (16441), T. Minshaw (16417), G. Fawcett (15417), G. Irving (13367), A. Ferguson (15336) and T. Cape (13873).[3]
  • Discharges on medical grounds: W. Pickering (13731), A. Robinson (13441) and W. Bell (13642) of C Company and N.H. McKenzie (13859) of D Company.[3]


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.[6]



  • Battalion situated on the front line. Generally quiet with very infrequent shelling. No casualties.[9]

References / notes[edit]

Material from Timeline/Chronology of the Lonsdale Battalion (September 1914 - May 1915) are sourced from the DLONS/L/13/13 Lowther Estate Archives. Entries from this timeline are reproduced here with kind permission of Jim Lowther and are not available under the license of this site. Please do not publish these extracts on other publicly visible media without prior permission from the copyright holder.

  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. Fatigue duty is the employment of manual labour assigned to military men that does not necessitate the use of weaponry.
  5. 11th Battalion War Diary, January 1916
  6. Had a Few More Casualties but Hoping for a RestWorkington Star and Harrington Guardian. Published 11 February, 1916.
  7. 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.
  8. 11th Battalion War Diary, January 1917
  9. 11th Battalion War Diary, January 1918