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Lonsdale Battalion events that took place on 7 May.


  • Lt-Col. Machell: The Battalion will parade for inspection by the Earl of Lonsdale....Dress khaki, Marching Order – the Battalion will be formed in Mass and, after being inspected, will rank past in forms from the right hand and dismiss by Companies. [1]
  • Letter from Lt-Col. Machell: A & detachment D with all baggage & transport horses, 2.20pm....Baggage to go up to Camp by Contractor’s line – B & C & Horses 3.40pm. - Nothing in this train but men and officers’ horses....All well here....Lord Lonsdale has been and inspected us today & made a good speech which I hope will be published – There were some reports present. All cut and dried now for tomorrow & I expect a big crush in the town this time. [2]
  • Letter to Lt-Col. Machell from GDS, High Wray Bank, Ambleside:
Welcome to your new camp. I hope you will find it really comfortable....We were very glad we came [to Carlisle]....and were in time to say goodbye to the first lot....I was very sorry you had such a mob at the end as I should like to have seen you march on but it was a wonderful sight the thin stream of khaki filtering through the two gates [The Courts] and then a sudden admixture of black coats and then the great rush coming through like a dam bursting. Well, it shows what a hold you had got on Carlisle and must surely make every man there wish he had been in your lines to have got such a send off. You deserve it too you have nursed those men and trained them and they must have often been a sore trial on your (hereditary) temper but it has been worth it all and now you can feel you have given the Empire a real tool shaped properly....out of what was at the beginning most unpromising material. [3]


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 Please do not publish these extracts on other publicly visible media without prior permission from the copyright holder.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/13/13/278
  2. Record No. DLONS/L/13/13/42
  3. Record No. DLONS/L/13/13/57
  4. A group of soldiers (or prisoners) that are assigned to perform manual tasks or duties, for their own or other units.
  5. Training continues during the whole period of isolation.
  6. 11th Battalion War Diary, May 1916