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For events that took place elsewhere in the Great War, see The Great War:9 February.

Lonsdale Battalion events that took place on 9 February.

1915 (Tuesday)[edit]

Events preceding the Lonsdales' arrival in France
  • "NCO’s and men of companies in possession of equipment will wear waistbelts, entrenching tool & helve, frogs & one pouch on right-hand side, i.e., 'Drill Order,' on all duties except when specially ordered to approach in 'Marching Order' or otherwise. Guards invariably mount in 'Marching Order' the equipment being worn over the greatcoat in inclement weather and as soon as they have mounted they will change from 'Marching Order' to 'Drill Order,' sentries being relieved for this purpose. The old guard including sentries will await the arrival of the new guard in 'Marching Order.' NCO’s and men on Orderly Duty will wear belts and bayonets." [1]
  • F. Gunnion (15446), W. Johnstone (15311) and W. Steel (15530) are forfeit their pay due to absence.[1]
  • Punishment in detention: J. Hewitt (136223) of C Company and W. Johnstone (15311) of B Company.[1]
  • G. Lennon (15270) of B Company is reverted to the ranks.[1]

1916 (Wednesday)[edit]

1917 (Friday)[edit]

  • Battalion is situated at Lytham Camp near Beaussart. Day is spent making necessary preparations for an attack, re-equipping, drawing of bombs etc.
  • Operation orders are read and discussed to Company Commanders and Officers.

1918 (Saturday)[edit]

  • Battalion is situated in the field. Billets are scattered and headquarters is located at Boche X Roads.
  • The day is spent in cleaning up.
  • A large draft of officers and other ranks join from the 6th Border Regiment.


  1. William Arthur Fell is buried at Aveluy Communal Cemetery Extension grave reference no. C.30.


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 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 (9 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.