5 August

Lonsdale Battalion events that took place on 5 August.
For events that took place elsewhere in the Great War, see The Great War:5 August.

1916 (Saturday)[edit | edit source]

  • Battalion leaves Noyelle for support trenches in the Cambrin Sector, arriving at 5:15pm where they relieve the 1st Sherwood Foresters.
  • Battalion Headquarters is situated at 'Maison Rouge.' Strength in the trenches totals 20 officers (including medical officer) and 280 other ranks.
  • Hostile observation balloons are taken down.
  • Commanding Officer visits 'Sims Keep' and 'Arthur's Keep' and finds all correct.
  • Privates Miles Capstick (15584) and Desmond John McMahon (26051)[note 1] die at home in the UK.

1917 (Sunday)[edit | edit source]

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 Please do not publish these events without prior permission from the Lowther Estate.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