8 August

Lonsdale Battalion events that took place on 8 August.
For events that took place elsewhere in the Great War, see The Great War:8 August.

1914 (Saturday)[edit | edit source]

  • Field-Marshal Lord Kitchener calls for 100,000 men to help expand the British Armies in a fight against a formidable enemy.

1916 (Tuesday)[edit | edit source]

  • Battalion situated in the Cambrin Sector.
  • Four Officers commanding the Battalions in the 96th Infantry Brigade visit Lonsdale Battalion H.Q. They called for the purpose of getting information of the trenches which they are to take over.

1917 (Wednesday)[edit | edit source]

  • Battalion involved in training at Coxyde under Company Arrangements.

1918 (Thursday)[edit | edit source]

  • The British Fourth Army and the French Third Army attack the village of Albert with tanks under Sir Douglas Haig. The Germans are completely surprised as the Allies break through the lines taking thousands of prisoners and hundreds of guns.[1]

  1. E. W. Colbrook (1919). Odhams' A.B.C. of the Great War. London, Odhams. p.4.
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 (8 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 Please do not publish these events without prior permission from the Lowther Estate.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.