7 December

Lonsdale Battalion events that took place on 7 December.
For events that took place elsewhere in the Great War, see The Great War:7 December.

1914 (Monday)[edit | edit source]

  • The Lonsdale Battalion contemplates giving a special Exhibition of high-class boxing at the Drill Hall, Swifts Lane, Carlisle, on the evening of Boxing Day....it is hoped that the Earl of Lonsdale will be present. The Boxing Competitions recently held at Blackhall Camp have shown there is a great amount of talent in the Battalion.[1]

1915 (Tuesday)[edit | edit source]

  • Molliens-au-Bois: Eight men per platoon practice in the use of live hand grenades under instruction of Lieut. Kemp (Manchester Regiment).
  • Remainder of the Battalion is occupied with inspections, close order drill and short route marches.
  • Lt-Col. Machell: "It is settled that we go on for practical training, attached to old units, and then relieve them gradually." [2]

1916 (Thursday)[edit | edit source]

  • Berteaucourt: Map reading course under Brigade arrangements, two NCO's per company.
  • Battalion parades for practice of inspection for the Commander.
  • Major H. Ross assumes command of Battalion during Col. Girdwood's absence on leave.

1917 (Friday)[edit | edit source]

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 Please do not publish these events without prior permission from the Lowther Estate.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