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5 July

July

Lonsdale Battalion events that took place on 5 July.
For events that took place elsewhere, see 5 July on The Great War wiki.

1916 (Wednesday)

1917 (Thursday)

  • Battalion situated in the line at Nieuport-Lombardzyde Sector; moves back to dug outs in New Parade & Walk (Reserve).
  • 11:24pm: (4 July) Battalion launches a raid on the enemy line, consisting of 2nd Lieuts. Sykes, MC (wounded), Fernie and Pigott along with 35 other ranks.
  • 12:15am: (5 July) a bangalore torpedo is fired; the raiding party are met with a heavy barrage of bombs from the enemy.
  • Finding the trench held too strongly and the party weakened by casualties, they withdraw. This is done successfully, all the party returns except one killed and one missing (believed killed).
  • Artillery opens up a covering barrage at 12:26am, one and a quarter minutes after asking for support.
  • Communications to Battery is by lamps (Lucas Daylight) from Font line to OP and then by phone.
  • Battalion in Reserve. 3 companies and 3 platoons on work forward at 10pm. 1 platoon on garrison.

1918 (Friday)

  • Battalion training continues with 1st Battalion, 130th Infantry Regiment (33rd American Division) at Ailly-le-Haut-Clocher.[a]

Notes

  1. The Lonsdales were in their final month before being disbanded. Where training is concerned, this was done alongside the American infantry. It was during this period that they moved to several different locations in the eventual run up to the disbandment papers being approved. On 29 July, 1918, the war diary states: "orders received for WO's, NCO's and men of the cadres to proceed to join the 1/5th Border Regiment (A.G. letter C.R. 5/9054/30 G.) and for battalion to be disbanded from date of departure." The Lonsdale are disbanded two days later on 31 July.
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