3 January

Lonsdale Battalion events that took place on 3 January.



  • In billets at Aveluy involved in fatigue duty[1] for the Royal Engineers.[2]
  • The Rev. A.J.W. Crosse, writes to the Workington Star and Harrington Guardian: Dear Sir, Please accept my grateful thanks for sending a football for D Company, 11th Borders. I hope we shall soon be having some inter-Company matches in the Lonsdale Battalion, when D Company, which is noted for it’s forcefulness and dash, will, no doubt, do as well in the football field as it is doing in the trenches. If you want to see some real ‘muddied oafs’ come here when D Company comes out of the trenches – but they are merry still. Believe me, very heartily yours.[3]



  • Battalion situated at Tournehem. Brigade holiday.[7]

References / notes[edit]

  1. Fatigue duty is the employment of manual labour assigned to military men that does not necessitate the use of weaponry.
  2. 11th Battalion War Diary, January 1916
  3. Lonsdales got Their FootballWorkington Star and Harrington Guardian. Published 14 January, 1916.
  4. A group of soldiers (or prisoners) that are assigned to perform manual tasks or duties, for their own or other units.
  5. 11th Battalion War Diary, January 1917
  6. Soldiers Died in the Great War (1921) cross referenced with the Commonwealth War Graves Commission database.
  7. 11th Battalion War Diary, January 1918