8 March


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

1915 (Monday)

  • Tender from John Hewitson, St. Nicholas slate works: to point up and repair to prevent snow etc. drifting on to the beds at the above [racing stables] so help to make the place more comfortable for the sum of three pounds.[1]
  • Battalion Orders: All Officers, N.C. Officers and men who have not been vaccinated will parade for vaccination tomorrow.[2]
  • H. Davies (13642) and J.W. Gibbons (13915) of D Company are promoted to the rank of Sergeant.[3]
  • Transfers: Acting CSM R. Oliver (13245) transfers from D Company to E Company.[3]
  • Punishments and forfeiture of pay.[3][note 1]

1916 (Wednesday)

  • Battalion situated at the front in the E1 sector near Hénencourt. Day quiet.

1917 (Thursday)

  • Battalion located in the Ney Sector opposite Fouquescourt in the front line system.
  • Relieved by 17th Highland Light Infantry and withdraw to 'Kuropatkin' as Support.

1918 (Friday)

  • Battalion in Brigade Reserve at Abri Wood.
  • Stand-to at 8am as a result of a raid on the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders about 'Owls Wood'.
  • Two companies move to Widjendrift Road, but precaution is cancelled at 4pm and preparations are made to move forward on the 9 March.
  1. The following men are forfeited their pay:
    • T.W. Watters (13351)
    • J. Birkett (13910) of B Company
    • J. Smith (15385) B Company
    • T. Richardson (13908) of B Company
    • T. Cape (13873) of D Company
    • W. Johnstone (15311) of B Company
    • J.W. Kendall (16355) of D Company
  1. Record No. DLONS/L/13/13/54
  2. Record No. DLONS/L/13/13/136
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Record No. DLONS/L/13/13/137
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 March), 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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