26 April

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For events that took place elsewhere in the Great War, see The Great War:26 April.

Lonsdale Battalion events that took place on 26 April.

1916 (Wednesday)[edit]

1917 (Thursday)[edit]

  • Offoy: Battalion training. Gas demonstration by divisional Gas Officer in afternoon.
  • Twelve Military Medals are awarded for operations north Fayet 14 April 1917.

1918 (Friday)[edit]

  • In the Line: Relief from last night completes at 12.10am.
  • Battalion marches back to Ransart - Monchy road and embusses for Laherty. Arrives about 4am.
  • Reveille 12 noon. Battalion is billeted in a scattered village[note 2] about 10 miles from the line, at one hours notice to move.
  • Day is spent cleaning up, re-clothing and replacing deficiencies.
  • Assembly position reconnoitred.


  1. Training continues for those who are able during the whole period of isolation.
  2. The men are billeted in barns and huts whilst the officers are in houses.



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 Please do not publish these events without prior permission from the Lowther Estate.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