3 April

April
Lonsdale Battalion events that took place on 3 April.
For events that took place elsewhere, see our sister project The Great War On This Day

1916 (Monday)

  • Dernancourt: Situated in the E1 sector. Front very quiet.
  • One other rank 'bruised.'

1917 (Tuesday)

  • Savy: Work continues in salvaging of materials and collecting the dead.
  • Working parties in the village clearing of the road. Working parties also employed elsewhere.
  • Two companies out in Bois de Holnon, digging outposts.

1918 (Wednesday)

  • Battalion situated in the front line. Enemy is reported massing in front of B Company's position.
  • 500–600 are seen leaving the trenches in small parties; probably reinforcements rushed up to hold up an expected attack.
  • Situation is normal again by 11am and the day is quiet.
  • Advance party of Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders arrive.
  • Reconnoitring of the 'purple line.'
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References
Acknowledgements
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 (3 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 Please do not publish these events without prior permission from the Lowther Estate.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.
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