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For events that took place elsewhere in the Great War, see The Great War:4 March.

Lonsdale Battalion events that took place on 4 March.

1915 (Thursday)[edit]

Events preceding the Lonsdales' arrival in France
  • Parades and training tomorrow will be at the discretion of Officers Commanding Companies, having due regard to the effects of vaccination. [1]
  • Lt-Col. Machell to General Gaisford, Western Command: ... over 75 per cent laid up, effects vaccination, request postpone inspection until after middle next week.[2]
  • B.C. Harrison of B Company and W.W. Stephens (13641) of D Company attend the School of Musketry.[3]
  • Enlistments to E Company: M. Morgan (19430) / William Scott (19431) / Alexander Coulthhard (19432).[3]

1916 (Saturday)[edit]

  • Battalion situated at the front in the E1 sector near Hénencourt.
  • Day very quiet owing to bad weather of snow, frost and thaw alternating. Trenches falling in and very wet.

1917 (Sunday)[edit]

1918 (Monday)[edit]

  • Battalion situated near Charpentier. Quiet except for machine guns on tracks by night and trench mortars in 'Owls Wood'.
  • Battalion HQ located at 'Caledonia Club.'



  1. Record No. DLONS/L/13/13/135
  2. Record No. DLONS/L/13/13/114
  3. 3.0 3.1 Record No. DLONS/L/13/13/114


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 Please do not publish these events without prior permission from the Lowther Estate.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