5 July

Lonsdale Battalion events that took place on 5 July.


  • The Lonsdales arrive at Contay Wood after being attached to 2nd KOYLI on night of 4 July; reorganising into two Companies.[1]
  • Battalion strength: 11 officers and 480 other ranks.


  • Battalion situated in the line at Nieuport-Lombardzyde Sector; moves back to dug outs in New Parade & Walk (Reserve).[2]
  • At 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.[2]
  • At 12:15am (5 July) a Bangalore torpedo is fired; the raiding party are met with a heavy barrage of bombs from the enemy.[2]
  • 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).[2]
  • Our artillery opens up a covering barrage at 12:26am, one and a quarter minutes after asking for support.[2]
  • Communications to Battery is by lamps (Lucas Daylight) from Font line to OP and then by phone.[2]
  • Battalion in Reserve. 3 Companies and 3 Platoons on work forward at 10pm. 1 Platoon on garrison.[2]


  • Battalion training continues with 1st Battalion 130th Infantry Regiment (USA) at Ailly-le-Haut-Clocher.[3]

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