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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 (29 November)


  • Lt-Col. Machell to Lord Lonsdale: "yesterday the Lonsdales beat the 'Carlisle United' F.C. by 2 goals to 0 – a fine match, far the best yet. The weather is awful & there is a lot of mild sort of influenza – in fact it is just a matter of 'how bad' everyone is, but it will do us all good. I have got all up from the Stables now except those who actually mess in the Pavilion, & hope to get the Kendal Company in the new huts by Xmas. There has been a muddle about the greatcoats which are now urgently required – the Committee appear not to have made a proper contract, so has been at the mercy of the contractor....Your belts are a godsend, & the rugs." [1]



  • Battalion is located at Berteaucourt involved in General parades of instruction & training.[3]
  • L/Sgt. J.W. Oglethorpe writes to his parents from a home hospital: "I got wounded on the 18th in an advance we made. I got shot through the left arm, and have lost the use of it, and I have trench feet and cannot walk; but the worst of it all is that I got hit on Saturday night and was in a shell hole until Wednesday. I was 4 days and 3 nights without food and water. I only had half a bottle of water, so you will know what I suffered. I got to England on the 25th, and am going on all right now." [4]


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