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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 (13 August)

1916 (Sunday)

  • Day is generally quiet. At 4:30am a bombing group in no.1 sap hears movement south of the sap when 6 men (Germans) appear.
  • One of the enemy throws a bomb amongst our men who at once reply driving the enemy away.
  • At 5:00pm the enemy explodes a mine near the 'Hohenzollern Redoubt'.
  • At 7:30pm the Officer Commanding the King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry visits Battalion HQ.

1917 (Monday)

  • Battalion spends the day cleaning up billets at Ooste Dunkerque. Inspection by the Deputy Assistant Director Medical Services.

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 (Main Page), 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 Please do not publish these events without prior permission from the Lowther Estate.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.
  Featured Images

A discussion is taking place between the Commanding Officer and one of his men
A discussion taking place.jpg

"This is how you do it lads." An aiming drill staged for the photographer
Aiming Drill.jpg

Learning how to "dig-in" and the rigid training involved of digging entrenchments
Digging Entrenchments.jpg

Inspection of the troops by Lord Lonsdale, the men standing to attention as he passes by
Inspection by Lord Lonsdale.jpg

Close quarter bayonet training with sandbags
Bayonet Training.jpg

Officers out for a stroll through the grounds keeping a watchful eye on the training
Checking on the Training.jpg

Officers of the Lonsdale Battalion
Officers of the Lonsdale Battalion.jpg

A parade of new recruits, many without uniform until these could be supplied at a later date
Parade of New Recruits.jpg

There's no getting away from the morning stretches!
Physical Drill.jpg

The Commanding Officer, Percy Machell and other officers, watch the physical drill instructor
Watching the PT Instructor.jpg

A route march through the streets of Carlisle
Parade through the streets.jpg

A route march through the streets of Carlisle, the fanfare of the lads marching off to war
Route March through Carlisle.jpg

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