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For events that took place elsewhere in the Great War, see The Great War:2 April.

Lonsdale Battalion events that took place on 2 April.

1915 (Friday)[edit]

Events preceding the Lonsdales' arrival in France
  • Battalion Orders: The Battalion will parade at 9.30am on Tuesday for a route march through Carlisle. Dress, Khaki (as far as possible), Marching order. The transport will not attend.[1]

1916 (Sunday)[edit]

  • Dernancourt: Situated in the E1 sector. Front very quiet.
  • A night raid on the German salient is postponed owing to the brightness of the evening.

1917 (Monday)[edit]

  • Savy: Remains in defences around the village.
  • Working parties all day on the village including the salvage of materials and collecting the dead.
  • Cleaning and clearing of the road through the village. Continued improvements are made to the defences.
  • Deaths: Arthur Curtis (28280 Pte.) dies of wounds.

1918 (Tuesday)[edit]

  • Battalion situated in the front line. Heavy shelling of C Company's line causing a few casualties.
  • Snipers very active with numerous hits observed.
  • Aeroplanes active and patrols report on various enemy posts.
  • A Company relieves C Company, which moves into reserve.
  • Wiring is done by night.



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


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 (2 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 Please do not publish these events without prior permission from the Lowther Estate.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.