3 December

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For events that took place elsewhere in the Great War, see The Great War:3 December.

Lonsdale Battalion events that took place on 3 December.


  • By order of the War Office,[1] the Lonsdale Battalion becomes the 11th (Service) Battalion, Border Regiment (Lonsdale).
  • From the War Office: "I am commanded by the Army Council to inform you that it has been decided to number the battalions which have been raised locally by communities or individuals: 11th (Service) Bn. The Border Regiment (Lonsdale)." [2]
  • Captain P. G. W. Diggle is appointed Adjutant.[3]
  • General Equipment Indent: 40 fencing muskets with spring bayonet.[4]


  • At Molliens-au-Bois, engaged in lectures, inspections and physical exercises. Weather is very wet.[5]






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 Please do not publish these events without prior permission from the Lowther Estate.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