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Lonsdale Battalion events that took place on 5 January.

1915[edit]

  • Westmorland recruits (C Company) of Kendal are moved to Headquarters at Blackhall Camp by Colonel Haworth.[1] He hands over C Company, 280 strong.
  • Telegram: 706 men have two pairs boots 612 pairs expected daily.[2]
  • 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. [3]
  • Enlistments: Robert Hartley Nichol (17491 Pte.)[4]
  • Forfeiture of pay for overstaying Christmas leave:[5]
  • T. Robinson (13355)
  • J.E. Allison (13890)
  • W.W. Nicholson (13640)
  • W.J. Bell (13725)
  • J.A. McDonald (13535)
  • G. Birbeck (13414)
  • J.W. Kelton (13816)
  • T. Telford (15393)
  • G. Sowerby (15384)
  • T.J. Nicholson (15328)
  • G. Fee (13830)
  • A. Bulman (15331)
  • H.J. Carpenter (16370)

1916[edit]

  • In billets at Aveluy involved in fatigue duty[6] for the Royal Engineers.[7]

1917[edit]

  • Battalion situated at Puchevillers involved in general training and bombing.[8]

1918[edit]

  • Battalion situated in Tournehem. During morning involved in battalion and specialist training, recreation during afternoon.[9]

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 Please do not publish these extracts on other publicly visible media without prior permission from the copyright holder.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. 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.
  2. Record No. DLONS/L/13/13/5
  3. Record No. DLONS/L/13/13/112
  4. Soldiers Died in the Great War (1921) cross referenced with the Commonwealth War Graves Commission database.
  5. Record No. DLONS/L/13/13/135
  6. Fatigue duty is the employment of manual labour assigned to military men that does not necessitate the use of weaponry.
  7. 11th Battalion War Diary, January 1916
  8. 11th Battalion War Diary, January 1917
  9. 11th Battalion War Diary, January 1918