31 May


Lonsdale Battalion events that took place on 31 May.
For events that took place elsewhere, see 31 May on The Great War wiki.

1916 (Wednesday)

  • Battalion situated in Bouzincourt engaged in working parties.
  • Fallen Officers – The Times List of Casualties is published: We have received news of the death of the following officer, in addition to those whose names have been published in the official lists: Lieutenant Gerald Spring-Rice, Border Regiment, was killed on 27 May,[a] in his 52nd year. He was the third son of the Hon. C.W.T. Spring-Rice, and brother of Sir Cecil Spring-Rice, British Ambassador in Washington, and cousin of Lord Monteagle. He joined the Border Regiment last year as a transport officer after a period of valuable service as Director for Cumberland of the Voluntary Aid Detachments. He married in 1905, Mary Isabella, younger daughter of Mr. John Bush, of Beauthorn, Penrith. Mrs. Spring-Rice, who, with two sons, survives him, is nursing in Penrith Military Hospital. Interestingly, 'I vow to thee my country' was written by Sir Cecil Spring-Rice, supposedly with Gerald in mind.[1]
  • Deaths: John Barwise Osborn (19691)

1917 (Thursday)

  • Villers Bretonneaux: Battalion prepares for entraining.

1918 (Friday)


  1. Although the The Times newspaper casualty list published Gerald Spring-Rice's death as 27 May, the Lonsdale Battalion war diary, Record of the Lonsdale Battalion document and the Commonwealth War Graves Commission all put his date of death at 26 May.


  1. The Times, Wednesday, 31 May, 1916
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