8 February

Lonsdale Battalion events that took place on 8 February.


  • Cases have been brought to notice where Officers & Soldiers on certain duties at night have been ordered to carry lights on the vehicles or bicycles by which they are travelling. While recognising the necessity of such orders in connection with the performance of certain duties, instructions should be issued to all concerned that such orders shall be confined to cases where justification for the order is afforded by military necessity and should only be given by an officer. In order to avoid difficulties with the police, the orders should if possible be in writing. Officers & Soldiers in such cases should take every precaution to avoid accidents that is consistent with the proper performance of the duty on which they are engaged. [1]
  • Enlistments: William Eland (17580 Cpl.)
  • Forfeiture of pay for absence: J. Hughes (13744), J. McGee (15545), T. Bates (15425) and W. groves (15487).[1]
  • Discharges on medical grounds: A.C. Adamson (15293) of C Company; G. Skelton (13391) and W.F. Atkinson (13286) of A Company.[1]
  • W.C. Mattinson (13418) of C Company is promoted to Corporal.[1]
  • J. McGee (15545) of D Company is given 4 days’ detention and W. Hughes (13774) is deprived of his stripes.[1]


  • In the F1 sector near Aveluy. The front is very quiet.[2][3]


  • Battalion situated at Lytham Camp near Beaussart. Operations received. Tape on actual ground are re-laid and pegged.[4]


  • Battalion situated in the front line. Everything quiet by daytime. Wiring and working by night.[5]
  • The Lonsdales are complemented by Brigadier General Blacklock, DSO, on improvement in defences.[5]

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 Please do not publish these extracts on other publicly visible media without prior permission from the copyright holder.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. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 Record No. DLONS/L/13/13/135
  2. The 6th Norfolk Regiment relieves 8th Suffolk Regiment.
  3. 11th Battalion War Diary, February 1916
  4. 11th Battalion War Diary, February 1917
  5. 5.0 5.1 11th Battalion War Diary, February 1918