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1 April

From the Lonsdale Battalion wiki
April

Lonsdale Battalion events that took place on 1 April.
For events that took place elsewhere, see 1 April on The Great War wiki.

1915 (Thursday)

  • All Barracks Room and lines to be scrupulously clean. NCO's and men on duty will be permitted to quit Barracks after 11am.[1]
  • The advance party on Monday will proceed by 7.33am Train from Carlisle, arriving Grantham 9.19pm. Breakfast for the Advance party will be served at 5.45am and cold luncheon will be carried in Haversacks.[1]

1916 (Saturday)

  • Dernancourt: Situated in the E1 sector. Front very quiet.
  • A draft of 20 men arrived during the night of 30 March.

1917 (Sunday)

  • Battalion moves forward during the night of 31 March/1 April on the Roup – Etrelliers road in fighting order. Here the men halt for a while and a ration of rum is issued out.
  • Moves forward at 3.30am 1700 yards to a position 500 yards south west of the village of Savy, extending into attacking formation and taking up a position along a previously laid tape.
  • Artillery Barrage opens up at 5am. The Battalion moves forward to make an attack on Savy.
  • Enemy is driven through and out of the village and the men dig in on the opposite side with the exception of one company which remains in the village to mop up any concealed enemy.
  • Fifty prisoners are taken and 71 of the enemy are killed.
  • Capture of the village is secured and consolidation therein begins, which completes at 6.30am with the village in a state of defence.
  • Enemy retaliates with heavy shelling at 2.30pm for approximately one hour.
  • Battalion takes over the line held by the 17th Highland Light Infantry, who withdraw.
  • Remainder of the day is spent working on the defences.

Casualties

1918 (Monday)

  • Battalion is No.2 Battalion of No.3 Brigade, holding the line in front of Moyenville and Courcelles.
  • D Company, B Company and C Company are in the front line, each holding approximately 300 yards, having 3–5 outposts and a length of old German trench to accommodate their supports.
  • A Company is in reserve along the sunken road 300 yards behind front line.
  • Battalion Headquarters is located in the embankment.
  • Day is quiet except for shelling around nearby sugar factory.
  • Enemy planes are active and wiring is done by night.
  • Wounded prisoners are captured by B Company and numerous identifications brought in from deceased Germans.

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Record No. DLONS/L/13/13/135
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