5 February

Lonsdale Battalion events that took place on 5 February.


  • The Officer commanding E Company will arrange to borrow rifles, for the instruction of his men, on Saturdays, in Rifle Exercise & Aiming Drill. [1]
  • Discharges on medical grounds: W. Peden (13758) and A. Mattinson (13853) of D Company; J.P. Castlehow (13362) of A Company.[2]
  • Forfeiture of pay for absence: J. Edmondson (13858). [2]
  • Promotions to Sergeant: J.C. Wyles (13339), E. Nixon (13393) and J Green (15500) of A Company.[2]
  • Promotions to Lance Sergeant: S.T. Bryan (13294), J.C. McDivitt (13249) and W. Beattie (13274) of A Company.[2]


  • Lonsdales relieve the 17th Highland Light Infantry in the F1 sector near Aveluy.[3] Two men are wounded during relief.[4]
  • A draft of 20 other ranks join the Battalion.[4]
  • Private A. H. Harvey writes a letter to his parents, says he is in the pink, also that they have returned to the trenches for seven days after a week’s rest, and hopes they will have better luck this time. He continues: The Derby Scheme is not going so well, I think. It seems the young men of England are not coming forward as they ought to do. If they have to be brought – well all I can say is they are pack of cowards and can’t realise that we are still up against it. The longer they linger, the longer the war will last. Now, then, you lad at Workington; don’t spoil the record of the old town! All the D Company of the Lonsdales would like you to come forward before March 1st, without a Conscription mark on you. You can put this in the "Star" if you like, just to liven things up a bit. Best of luck to all. [5]


  • Battalion situated at Lytham Camp near Beaussart where they practice drill for an attack to take place. Commanding Officer supervises practice making necessary alterations.[6]


  • Battalion situated in the front line. The sector is quiet.[7]
  • Wiring is carried out by night, which is very difficult owing to evening being so dark. Patrolling also very difficult on account of darkness and bad condition of ground. [7]

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 Please do not publish these extracts on other publicly visible media without prior permission from the copyright holder.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/13/13/135
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Record No. DLONS/L/13/13/135
  3. The 8th Suffolk Regiment on the right and 2nd King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry on the left.
  4. 4.0 4.1 11th Battalion War Diary, February 1916
  5. Now then, You Lads at WorkingtonWorkington Star and Harrington Guardian. Published 13 February, 1916.
  6. 11th Battalion War Diary, February 1917
  7. 7.0 7.1 11th Battalion War Diary, February 1918