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Here at the Lonsdale Battalion wiki we are firm believers that knowledge about our history should be shared freely, to better our understanding of a challenging and devastating period that affected hundreds of millions of people. We have included what little public domain information we have been lucky enough to find – information such as battalion histories, war diaries and newspaper articles. Other information has been kindly donated by enthusiasts and relatives of those who served during the war, such as photos and military background.

Your stories – Some men came back, many did not. For families who have stories to tell, we would very much like to hear about them, and how they may have impacted peoples' lives. We would like to provide a space for your stories, and the memory of your loved ones.

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  The Lonsdale Battalion On This Day

A daily listing of movements, actions, events and political involvements of the Lonsdale Battalion that took place this day between 1914–1918. (This information refreshes daily.)

On this day in history (16 April)

1915 (Friday)

  • Lt-Col. Machell to Lord Lonsdale: When we go to Grantham our Depot here has got to come under the Border Regiment at Carlisle....I am advised to ask you to be so kind as to write to Sir H. Mackinnon to tell him that you desire the Lonsdale Depot to remain under me, as long as we are in England, for all purposes....otherwise our recruiting will be completely killed....My Brigadier asks if I can get a couple of dummy machine guns made for training purposes. It is evidently impossible to obtain real machine guns, but dummies are equally good for training purposes. Could you ask Vickers Maxim or other firms if they will supply?[1]
  • Copy letter from Lt-Col. Machell: I have succeeded in obtaining the loan of 14 more service rifles, making 24 in all, and another 2000 rounds of ammunition....[2]
  • Lt-Col Machell on Ceremonial Parade: The Battalion will parade at 7 a.m. tomorrow to Ceremonial....Dress Dill Order, Khaki. Companies will fall in on their private parades at 6.45 and after being sized from the flanks to centre will be told off into platoons of equal strength, before marching on to their right markers in Battalion. Early tea will be served at 6.20. There will be no Kit inspection tomorrow. Companies will devote such time as may be necessary to satisfying themselves that the method of softening new leather is thoroughly understood and regularly put into practice. Through Platoon and Section Commanders they must also satisfy themselves as to the condition of socks, shirts and boots. There will be no saluting drill tomorrow.[3]
  • Telegram to Lt-Col. Machell: Instructions from Western Command your battalion will not proceed to Grantham....your advance party at present at Grantham will be relieved....when relieved they will return Carlisle by ordinary train service.[4]

1916 (Sunday)

1917 (Monday)

  • North of Fayet: Battalion marches to Germaine via Holnon, Savy, Etrelliers and Vaux, arriving at 5.00am.
  • Day spent cleaning equipment and bathing.

1918 (Tuesday)

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Our largest on-going projects are The Lonsdale Battalion On This Day and Lonsdale Battalion Roll of Honour. But every project, however, no matter how large or small is just as important as the next, which is why they are of equal value and interest. Currently, there are several other site projects on the go or waiting to be started, and this is where we need your help in making these available for everyone. Take a quick look at the recent changes made to the site to see what has been happening lately.

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  1. Record No. DLONS/L/13/13/279
  2. Record No. DLONS/L/13/13/83
  3. Record No. DLONS/L/13/13/118
  4. Record No. DLONS/L/13/13/116

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