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- For events that took place elsewhere in the Great War, see The Great War:4 May.
Lonsdale Battalion events that took place on 4 May.
- Lt-Col. Machell to Lord Lonsdale: "D Company has gone to Prees, & as one camp is now ready, I have wired to ask sanction for us to go on Friday or Saturday." 
- Letter to Lt-Col. Machell from Y.M.C.A., Carlisle: "the retention of the Y.M.C.A. Hut at Blackhall....retain charge of the higher Camp Hut at Blackhall....and that we close down the Lower Camp Hut entirely." 
- Forfeiture of pay for absence: T. Fletcher (15470) and E. Fletcher (15471) of C Company.
- Enlistments to E Company:[note 1]
- Contay Wood: Battalion in isolation camp (measles) involved in Divisional and Brigade manoeuvres, training and small working parties.[note 2]
- Offoy: Route march to Toule and Douilly with advance and flank guards.
- Demonstration by 86th and 97th trench mortar batteries a 3pm. All Officers and a large percentage of men attend.
- Deaths: Thomas Stanley Brown (19541 Pte.)
- Berles-au-Bois: Usual company training during forenoon; afternoon devoted to recreation, football, shooting etc.
- The following men enlist and are allotted to E Company:
- G.K. Knight (19464)
- H. Massey (19461)
- Thomas Robinson (19465)
- A. Sawer (19466)
- J. Scott (19467)
- J. Tait (19463)
- W.J. Thompson (19462)
- J.W. Valentine (19467)
- Training continues for those who are able during the whole period of isolation.
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 (4 May), 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 Please do not publish these events without prior permission from the Lowther Estate.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.