1/5th Battalion Lincolnshire Regiment, UK

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This page was initially automatically created using data from series WO 95 (official war diaries) in the UK National Archives Discovery catalogue. It is not guaranteed to be complete or accurate. You can edit this page to make it more useful. Please help to improve the page by adding or correcting facts, and citing reliable sources.


1/5th Battalion Lincolnshire Regiment, UK
Years active: 1/4/1908 – 25/7/1919
Country: United Kingdom
Service: British Army
Branch: Territorial Force
Type: Infantry
Specific type: Infantry battalion
Full size: 1,000
Sources for overview: [1]
Created: 1/4/1908. Formed from 1st and 3rd Volunteer Battalions Lincolnshire Regiment at creation of Territorial Force.
Sources for created: [2]
Name1: 5th Battalion Lincolnshire Regiment
Name1 Start: 1/4/1908
Name1 End: 1915
Reason for change: Renumbering of territorial battalions.
Sources for name1: [3]
Name2: 1/5th Battalion Lincolnshire Regiment
Name2 Start: 1915
Name2 End: 30/6/1919
Reason for change:
Sources for name2: [4]
Alternate names: 5th Lincolns
Sources for alternate names:
Disbanded: 25/7/1919. Disembodied at end of war service.
Sources for disbanded: [5]
For more information on what infobox fields mean, see documentation at military unit, command structure and theatre of war.
Command structure
Relationship type: Administrative
Parent unit: Lincolnshire Regiment, UK
Parent level:
Start date: 1/4/1908
End date: 25/7/1919
Sources: [6]
Command structure
Relationship type: Tactical
Parent unit: 138th Infantry Brigade, UK
Parent level: Brigade
Start date: 01/04/1908
End date: 25/7/1919
Sources: [7]
Theatre of war
Theatre name: British Isles
Date entered: 01/04/1908
Date left: 27/2/1915
Sources: [8]
Theatre of war
Theatre name: France, Belgium and Germany
Date entered: 28/02/1915
Date left: 8/1/1916
Sources: [9]
Theatre of war
Theatre name: Egypt, Palestine and Syria
Date entered: 14/1/1916
Date left: 3/2/1916
Sources: [10]
Theatre of war
Theatre name: France, Belgium and Germany
Date entered: 9/02/1916
Date left: 25/7/1919
Sources: [11]


Personal narratives[edit]

Several of these narratives are referenced and put into context by Chris Bailey and Steve Bramley, The 1/5th Battalion Lincolnshire Regiment in the Great War (Ironmariner Publishing, 2015). ISBN 978-0993169908. This book also includes short extracts from many other personal narratives in private collections.

Oscar Dixon[edit]

Leeds University, Liddle Collection: LIDDLE/WW1/GS/0462 includes a diary (26 Feb 1915-2 July 1915) and other papers of Captain Oscar Dixon. According to the catalogue description and the battalion's official history, he was machine gun officer of this battalion in 1915 and later commander of A Company. His papers include a report on a trench raid on the night of 18/19 October 1916, which may be a copy of the one in the War diary, October 1916 Appendix (first page, second page).


Frederick Hunt[edit]

Imperial War Museum: Documents.251 is a typescript memoir by Frederick Hunt, including his service in these units:

He also spent time in several other training camps and hospitals in the UK. He enlisted in November 1914 and may have spent time training with 2/5th Battalion Lincolnshire Regiment, UK but this is not made clear in the catalogue description.

John Cramond Urquhart[edit]

Leeds University, Liddle Collection: LIDDLE/WW1/GS/1646 is a collection of papers of Captain John Cramond Urquhart, who served in Great Britain, Ireland and France with 2/5th Battalion Lincolnshire Regiment, UK from 1915 and transferred to 1/5th Battalion Lincolnshire Regiment, UK on 9 August 1918.[12]

Urquhart's papers include a diary covering 1916 to 1918, maps, photos, Christmas cards, his pay book and commission, and official operation orders.


Arthur Ward[edit]

Leeds University, Liddle Collection: LIDDLE/WW1/WF/REC/02/W4 is a typescript autobiography of Private Arthur Ward (service numbers 2340 and 240441), who enlisted in this battalion in September 1914, served in most of its major actions, and was awarded the Military Medal in 1917.

William Wenham[edit]

Lance Corporal William Albert Wenham (service numbers 2683 and 240601) sent letters home relating to his capture while serving with this battalion and subsequent imprisonment in Germany. The form notifying his family that he was missing gives his battalion as 1/5th Lincolnshire Regiment, and the battalion's war diary mentions him by name (War diary, 6/12/1916).

Related media[edit]

Battalion football team, 22 October 1914

Official sources[edit]

Unit war diaries[edit]

  • The National Archives of the UK (TNA): WO 95/2691/2 (01/03/1915–30/06/1919)
  • Flickr images of whole TNA diary, free for non-commercial use.

Unit histories[edit]

Other official documents[edit]

  • Gallantry medal citations, Lincolnshire Regiment Collection, Lincolnshire Archives (catalogue reference unknown).

Other sources[edit]

References[edit]

  1. James, E.A. (1998) [first published 1978]. British Regiments 1914-1918. Heathfield, UK: Naval & Military Press. p. 54. ISBN 0-906304-03-2. 
  2. Sandall, 5th Battalion Lincolnshire Regiment, pages 1-2.
  3. Sandall, 5th Battalion Lincolnshire Regiment, page 1.
  4. James, E.A. (1998) [first published 1978]. British Regiments 1914-1918. Heathfield, UK: Naval & Military Press. p. 54. ISBN 0-906304-03-2. 
  5. Sandall, 5th Battalion Lincolnshire Regiment, page 196.
  6. Sandall, 5th Battalion Lincolnshire Regiment, pages 1, 196.
  7. Sandall, 5th Battalion Lincolnshire Regiment, pages 1, 196.
  8. Sandall, 5th Battalion Lincolnshire Regiment, pages 1, 19.
  9. Sandall, 5th Battalion Lincolnshire Regiment, pages 19, 58.
  10. Sandall, 5th Battalion Lincolnshire Regiment, pages 59, 60.
  11. Sandall, 5th Battalion Lincolnshire Regiment, pages 60, page 196.
  12. Sandall, 5th Battalion Lincolnshire Regiment, page 169.
  13. Bailey and Bramley, 1/5th Battalion Lincolnshire Regiment, page 33.
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