5 November

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For events that took place elsewhere in the Great War, see The Great War:5 November.

Lonsdale Battalion events that took place on 5 November.


  • Two men are recruited at Easton.[1]
  • Equipment ordered: 1 lifting jack, 1 Maltese cart, 3 wagons, 2 water carts. Equipment ordered for horses: 6 nose bags, 2 harness brushes, 6 horse brushes, 6 curry combs, 1 oil pan, 6 horse rubbers, 1 pair trimming scissors, 23 sponges, 1 saddle blanket, 2 harnesses, 1 pair of horse clippers, 3 saddlery packs.[2]
  • Equipment ordered: 2 small lamps, 8 gas bags, 2 cases of pencils, 2 bottles cleansing gas, 2 tin cans, 4 retorts, 2 spanners, 5 message books, 106 signal flags.[2]
  • Lt-Col. Machell’s telegram to Drill Hall, Workington: Please send no more recruit under full five feet four in stockings have had to reject two today. [3]
  • Letter from G.J. Goodman of Brampton ....it would be far better if the men could get to Brampton about 9.30 in the morning and catch the youths as they come into town [for the hirings] and before they are signed on for another 6 months, and that it would be a help if a rousing speaker could accompany them, and say a word in the market place....I am exceedingly anxious that some should be caught not only for king and country, but for honour, righteousness and freedom. [4]


  • Battalion situated at La Vicogne involved in general parades of instruction under Commanding Officer, including extended order drill etc.[5]


  • Battalion situated in the Roubrouck Area involved in training.[6]


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 Please do not publish these extracts on other publicly visible media without prior permission from the copyright holder.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/13/13/279
  2. 2.0 2.1 Record No. DLONS/L/13/13/75
  3. Record No. DLONS/L/13/13/199
  4. Record No. DLONS/L/13/13/111?
  5. 11th Battalion War Diary, November 1916
  6. 11th Battalion War Diary, November 1917
  7. John Barker (15427 Pte.) date of death is listed this day in the Commonwealth War Graves Commission database and on 6 November 1918 in Soldiers Died in the Great War 1914-19, Volume 39, The Border Regiment.