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For events that took place elsewhere in the Great War, see The Great War:30 October.

Lonsdale Battalion events that took place on 30 October.


  • Enlistments: Thomas Smith Glasson (15430 L/Cpl.).
  • Newspaper article Lonsdale Battalion - More Workington Recruits[1] is published.
  • Lt-Col. Machell reports to Lord Lonsdale: "It is most kind of you to have ordered the football jerseys, and we shall be very pleased to wear your crest....we have had to evacuate the tents....as the water came through. However, they have got on well with flooring the loose boxes....Tomorrow our numbers should be 800, and I expect a big influx after the hirings. In the Race Stand buildings we have not accommodation for more than 350. If the Bar Stand can be made habitable, we can temporarily put 40 there, but it is wanted as a canteen. In stables, say, 300, & I should like to the use the Pavilion as a mess & recreation hut....so that we shall require hutments for 450 men." [2]


  • Battalion leaves Bouzincourt in full marching order. Arrives at Herissat 11.30am.[3]


  • Battalion is situated in the Roubrouck Area involved in company training.[4]



  1. Lieutenant Malley-Martin was awarded the Mlitary Cross. Citation reads: For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. He made a daring reconnaissance in daylight under heavy rifle and shell fire. The valuable information obtained by him had much to do with the success of the operation. In 1918 he was attached to the Royal Air Force, which was founded on 1 April 1918 with the amalgamation of the Royal Flying Corps (RFC) and the Royal Naval Air Service (RNAS).



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 (30 October), 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 Please do not publish these events without prior permission from the Lowther Estate.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.