Lonsdale Battalion on this day...

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On this day, 14 April

1915 (Wednesday)

  • Letter from E Company written on Y.M.C.A. paper: After parade today....the Coy held a meeting, to ask you whether Sergeant Major Oliver has to stay with E Coy or the boys have to be bullied to death through him as the company have no heart to work when he is in sight and we also agreed not to do fatigue work after five o'clock as all the Battalions were to blame and not us only as was stated. We understood that when we enlisted in the Lonsdale Battalion that we would be trained to be soldiers not slaves and would be very pleased if you would do something for us. This letter is instead of that Post Card which you will very likely receive.[1]
  • Y.M.C.A. post card reads: We think it is time that Sergeant Major Oliver was shifted as we have no heart to work through his bullying.[1]

1916 (Friday)

  • Aveluy: In support involved in working parties.
  • A Company proceeds to isolation camp at Senlis with a case of the measles. Training continues during the entire period of isolation.[note 1]
  • Private J. Howsen writes a letter to the Workington Star and Harrington Guardian: Dear Star Man, I now take the pleasure of writing and acknowledging the parcel of smokes forwarded on to me, and I must take this opportunity of thanking the customers of the Royal Hotel, oh! to have a night with them! Well we have been back a bit, but they have moved us up again, and we expect to go in the firing line in a couple of days time. I saw in your paper where the 5th Border were grumbling about hard work, but I think all the Border men are alike. If there are any fatigues in our Division it’s "send for the 11th Border." Thanking you and your subscribers for their kindness towards me, and trusting you will convey my thanks to the customers of the Royal Hotel, not forgetting Jack Bates himself, through your valuable paper.
P.S. – As regards the fatigues our fellows have to do, they have got a little rhyme up, and it can be seen any time you have a mind to have a walk up the communication trench to the firing line. It runs as follows:
The Lord made the bee,
The bee made the honey;
The Border do the work,
And the R.E.’s get the money.[2]

1917 (Saturday)

  • Holnon: Assault on Fayet by the 2nd King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry and 16th Highland Light Infantry commences at 4.30am.
  • Lonsdales remain in the line ready to concentrate if ordered, which comes through at 1pm to attack Twin Copses.
  • 1.00pm:Artillery opens up barrage, also at 1pm, and the Lonsdale advance on objective in extended order.
  • 1.26pm: Reaches terraced road where a machine gun opens fire from left front and inflicts several casualties to the left flank of the leading Company.
  • 1.33pm: Two platoons of the reserve company are ordered to deal with this, resulting in success and the capture of the gun. A telephone line was run out to Battn at 1.30pm and communications are established.
  • 1.45pm: North of Fayet: A report is received to the effect that the right companies had obtained their objectives and are consolidating.
  • 2.00pm: All companies are consolidating their lines.
  • Touch is established on the left with the 17th Highland Light Infantry, who were in Gricourt.
  • Except for slight shelling the situation remains quiet. Work is carried on all night on the defences.


1918 (Sunday)

  1. 1.0 1.1 Record No. DLONS/L/13/13/131
  2. Been Back a Bit, but Moved Up Again. Published 28 April 1916.

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