28 March

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For events that took place elsewhere in the Great War, see The Great War:28 March.

Lonsdale Battalion events that took place on 28 March.

1915 (Sunday)[edit]

Events preceding the Lonsdales' arrival in France
  • Proposal to proceed to Grantham by train on 7 April.[1]

1916 (Tuesday)[edit]

  • Dernancourt: Situated in rest billets.
  • Lt-Col. P. W. Machell: Getting short of officers. The regular battalions are always changing, but these North-Country men want to know their officers thoroughly or they count for very little.[2]

1917 (Wednesday)[edit]

1918 (Thursday)[edit]

  • Battalion moves from the sunken road at Ransart at 8.30am to occupy old trenches in the vicinity of Adinfer Wood.
  • Two companies in rear and two on the right flank. Rear companies move to the front of the wood later in the day.
  • Shelters are dug in the sides of old trenches.
  • Battalion Headquarters is located at the rear.




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 Please do not publish these events without prior permission from the Lowther Estate.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