8 February


Lonsdale Battalion events that took place on 8 February.
For events that took place elsewhere, see our sister project The Great War On This Day

1915 (Monday)

  • "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]
  • J. Hughes (13744), J. McGee (15545), T. Bates (15425) and W. groves (15487) are forfeited their pay due to absence.[1]
  • A.C. Adamson (15293) of C Company; G. Skelton (13391) and W.F. Atkinson (13286) of A Company are discharged on medical grounds.[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]
  • William Eland (17580 Cpl.) enlists.

1916 (Tuesday)

  • Aveluy: Situated in the F1 sector. The front is very quiet.[note 1]

1917 (Thursday)

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

1918 (Friday)

  • Battalion is situated in the front line. Everything quiet by daytime. Wiring and working by night.
  • The Lonsdales are complemented by Brigadier General Blacklock DSO, on improvement in defences.
  1. The 6th Norfolk Regiment relieves the 8th Suffolk Regiment.
  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 Record No. DLONS/L/13/13/135
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 (8 February), 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.
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