26 June


Lonsdale Battalion events that took place on 26 June.
For events that took place elsewhere, see our sister project The Great War On This Day

1916 (Monday)

  • Battalion situated at Authuille Sector. Continuous bombardment by both sides. Releases gas at 2:30pm with apparent success.
  • 2nd King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry commences to relieve Lonsdales at 9:30pm; relief completes at 12:40am on 27 June.
  • Lt-Col. P. W. Machell: Relieved to-night by K.O.Y.L.I. Continuous bombardment by both sides. We go out for a day or two’s rest preparation, into a lot of dug-outs under a big bank close behind. The locum tenens doctor is astonished at the efficiency of our stretcher-bearers, who, he says, are as capable as they are devoted; say he never has to undo anything. We certainly owe a great deal to S__ and to Kirkwood. Quite a few casualties to-day, very strenuous.
  • George Cragg (16450 L/Cpl.) and Gilbert Thomas Hogg (13625 Cpl.) are killed, 30 are wounded and 9 suffer from shell shock.

1917 (Tuesday)

  • Ooste-Dunkerque: Battalion moves from Camp Riballet to New Trench & parade at 8:30pm.

1918 (Wednesday)

  • Battalion training continues at Doullens; weather good.
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 June), 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 Please do not publish these events without prior permission from the Lowther Estate.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.
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