Diary for Friday, May 12, 1916:
Verdun: German attacks on French centre.
Mesopotamia: Captured British general Townshend leaves Baghdad, reaches Mosul on May 19.
Lake Tanganyika: Commander Spicer-Simpson returns to Lukuga (left on February 21), soon rows with Belgians.
Britain: Burbidge committee set up to inquire into alleged mismanagement of Royal Aircraft Factory, Farnborough. Chairman Sir R Burbidge, MD of Harreds store.
Eastern France: German Lille deportation order grants 1 1/2 hours packing; 25,000 deported incl women and girls for farm work (until September).
Ireland: Prime ministers Asquith’s surprise visit to Dublin (until May 18).
Britain: Home Office letter to JPs on juvenile crime rise.