5 June

Lonsdale Battalion events that took place on 5 June.


  • Battalion in Divisional Reserve at Bouzincourt providing working parties[1] for the Royal Engineers.[2]
  • Volunteer group led by Lieut. Barnes undertakes a night raid on German trenches at the Leipzig Redoubt. Zero time 11pm.[2][3][4]
  • Casualties:- Lt Barnes and 5 other ranks killed, 27 wounded and 1 wounded and missing.[2]
  • 11 German prisoners captured. "After the raiders had returned, a strong patrol of Lancashire Fusiliers, with two machine guns, went out, and remained till dawn in case of counter-attack, and also brought in the wounded and dead. The prisoners are poor specimens and belong to the 6th Company, 99th Reserve Regiment." – Lt-Col. Machell [3]
      References & Notes
  1. A group of soldiers (or prisoners) that are assigned to perform manual tasks or duties, for their own or other units.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 11th Battalion War Diary, June 1916
  3. 3.0 3.1 Record of the XIth (Service) Battalion (Lonsdale) - Appendix B
  4. The objective of the night raid was to gain valuable information about the position and layout of the trench system to be attacked on the 1 July.