8 November

Lonsdale Battalion events that took place on 8 November.
For events that took place elsewhere in the Great War, see The Great War:8 November.

1914 (Sunday)[edit | edit source]

  • Enlistments: Arthur Hackett (17497 Sgt.), John Hartley (16337 Pte.) and William Haston (16282 Pte.)
  • Lt-Col Machell to Lord Lonsdale: "40 recruits sworn in at Carlisle ... yesterday." [1]
  • Lt-Col Machell’s draft letter re discharge of Private J. Simpson: "....this man....is so dull witted, stupid and obstinate as to be incapable of learning his drill. He is unable to keep step or to perform the simplest of movements correctly. He is of powerful physique, and I have personally endeavoured to induce him to try & keep up with his comrades. I had almost decided he was mentally deficient." [2]

1915 (Monday)[edit | edit source]

  • Workington: Letter from the Hon. Sec. of the Local Recruiting Committee to Lt-Col. Machell: "We have had a book prepared as a souvenir of 'Lonsdale' recruiting containing the names & addresses of the men enlisted here...." [3]
  • Codford: Battalion instructions for entraining. [4]

1916 (Wednesday)[edit | edit source]

1917 (Thursday)[edit | edit source]

  • Battalion situated in the Roubrouck Area.
  • Inspection by the Divisional Commander at 11am.

  1. Record No. DLONS/L/13/13/279
  2. Record No. DLONS/L/13/13/23
  3. Record No. DLONS/L/13/13/199
  4. Record No. DLONS/L/13/13/144
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 November), 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 Please do not publish these events without prior permission from the Lowther Estate.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.