12 August

Lonsdale Battalion events that took place on 12 August.
For events that took place elsewhere in the Great War, see The Great War:12 August.

1916 (Saturday)[edit | edit source]

  • Battalion remains in trenches in the front line (Cambrin Sector). Early in the morning 1 NCO and 4 other ranks (MG) are hit by an explosive bullet; one man is killed.
  • Hostile artillery is very quiet during morning.
  • At 4:10pm 11th Border artillery bombards the German lines for approximately 15 minutes.
  • At 8:00pm the Germans start a bombardment that lasts for about an hour; 11th Border artillery replies very effectively causing the enemy to cease their fire.
  • Three other ranks wounded in the bombardment.
  • The Commanding Officer visits the trenches at 9:30pm.
  • Deaths: Richard Hartness (19505 Pte.).

1917 (Sunday)[edit | edit source]

  • Battalion situated at Ooste Dunkerque have church parade at 10:00am.

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 (12 August), 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 Please do not publish these events without prior permission from the Lowther Estate.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.