Lonsdale Battalion on this day...

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On this day, 4 December[edit | edit source]

1914 (Friday)[edit | edit source]

  • Lt-Col. Machell to Lord Lonsdale: "We have been issuing your coats all day & giving out the thicker ones first - they are immensely appreciated. It really was becoming very serious. The weather has been exceptionally bad, but the health of the men is not suffering as much as one would expect – the anti-typhoid inoculation laid a lot up for a day or two, but they get over it quickly." [1]
  • Return of clothing and other necessaries issued to C Company, Kendal.[2]
  • Twelve pairs of field glasses are received from the National Service League.[3]

1915 (Saturday)[edit | edit source]

  • Molliens-au-Bois: Battalion engaged in lectures, inspections and physical exercises due to inclement weather.

1916 (Monday)[edit | edit source]

  • Berteaucourt: Battalion parades for route march from Pernois via Berneuil, and on to Domart, practicing advance and rear guards.

1917 (Tuesday)[edit | edit source]

  • Battalion moves from the line in the Westroosebeek area to 'Hill Top Farm' where hot food is given.
  • 9.30am: Battalion entrains at St. Jean Station for 'Dirty Bucket Corner,' arriving at 'Brake Camp' 12 noon.
  • John Dent (202882 Pte.) from Warcop, Westmorland, dies of wounds.

  1. Record No. DLONS/L/13/13/279
  2. Record No. DLONS/L/13/13/62
  3. Record No. DLONS/L/13/13/73
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 (Lonsdale Battalion on this day...), 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 Please do not publish these events without prior permission from the Lowther Estate.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.