A military unit forming part of a Brigade and belonging to other battalions of the same Regiment.[1] A battalion would typically consist of a minimum of two Companies and a Battalion Headquarters numbering anywhere between 300-800 men and commanded by a Lieutenant Colonel.[2]

  • Example: The Lieutenant Colonel commanded a Battalion of 800 ready and able men.

The Lonsdale Battalion was one of several single battalions assigned to the 97th Brigade. During the First World War the Lonsdale Battalion was one one of thirteen battalions of the Border Regiment. Between 1914–1916 the Lonsdales were commanded by Lt-Col. P. W. Machell, followed by:

  • Lt-Col. A.C. Girdwood 1917
  • Lt-Col. T.F. Tweed 1917
  • Lt-Col. R.L. Beasley 1918
  • Lt-Col. A.N. Evehill 1918

References / notes

  1. Battalion Wiktionary: The free dictionary. Accessed 26 August, 2016.
  2. Battalion Wikipedia: The free encyclopaedia. Accessed 26 August, 2016.

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The above term is listed in our glossary of words and phrases of the Armed Forces of Great Britain during the Great War. Included are trench slang, service terms, expressions in everyday use, nicknames, the titles and origins of British and Commonwealth Regiments, and warfare in general. These words and phrases are contemporary to the war, which is reflected in the language used. They have been transcribed from three primary sources (see Contents). Feel free to expand upon and improve this content.
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