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- For events that took place elsewhere in the Great War, see The Great War:5 January.
Lonsdale Battalion events that took place on 5 January.
- Westmorland recruits (C Company) of Kendal are moved to Headquarters at Blackhall Camp by Colonel Haworth.[note 1] He hands over C Company, 280 strong.
- Telegram: 706 men have two pairs boots 612 pairs expected daily.
- Letter from E.M. Brown: My object in writing to you is to know if it would be possible to make known that the Soldiers would be most heartily welcomed at our Gospel Meetings on Sunday evenings....A number of them come into the City and we would like to see them come into the Room for an hour. The service is short and hearty and quite unsectarian.
- Enlistment: Robert Hartley Nichol (17491 Pte.).
- Forfeiture of pay of thirteen other ranks for overstaying Christmas leave.
- Puchevillers: Battalion involved in general training and bombing.
- Tournehem: During the morning the men are involved in battalion and specialist training, and recreation during afternoon.
- At Kendal, during the recruitment drive in the latter half of 1914, Captain Wakefield undertook the enrollment of recruits for C Company (Westmorland men), which included two platoons, and one each from Windermere and North Westmorland. When Captain Wakefield left to join the colours, he was succeeded by Colonel Haworth, who raised and commanded C Company until it proceeded to Battalion Headquarters.
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 (5 January), 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 Please do not publish these events without prior permission from the Lowther Estate.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.