8 December


Lonsdale Battalion events that took place on 8 December.
For events that took place elsewhere, see 8 December on The Great War wiki.

1914 (Tuesday)

  • Letter from Lord Lonsdale to Lt-Col. Machell: "I am delighted to hear that you are getting on so well, at football & all else. I fear this weather has been terribly against all proceedings, huts, etc....Certainly I will have a Photograph taken for your Xmas card & I will send you a Sketch of the Badge which is almost complete. How many badges do they require, one for cap 2 for shoulder, where else? I have two proper harness being stained & will have it stamped. What awful weather we had just over 8in of rain in 6 days here, the record for Lowther for the last 50 years." [1]
  • Mrs. Trench of Workington offers to all Lonsdales who will accept it "....a portion of the Scriptures in small form." [2]
  • General Equipment Indent: 40 fencing gloves, 40 fencing arm guards, 40 fencing jackets, 40 bayonet fighting masks, 40 body fencing pads, 40 breast fencing pads.[3]

1915 (Wednesday)

  • 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.

1916 (Friday)

  • Berteaucourt: Battalion parading for Aeroplane Scheme – cancelled owing to rain.
  • Captain (acting Major) H. Moore is transferred from 17th Highland Light Infantry to the Lonsdales with effect from 11 October as temporary Major.

1917 (Saturday)


  1. Thomas is buried at Mendinghem Military Cemetery.


  1. Record No. DLONS/L/13/13/246
  2. Record No. DLONS/L/13/13/112
  3. Record No. DLONS/L/13/13/66
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