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Key dates over June 1916

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Lives lost on this day: 2

5th June 1916 - British Secretary of State for War, Field Marshal Lord Kitchener, drowned en route to Russia when HMS Hampshire strikes a mine off the Orkney Islands and sinks

Rolling Casualty Count: 3255

At the Front:

SMD RFA: Batt continued with training in Batteries.

On the Home Front:

No Conscientious Objectors Wanted – At a meeting of the Worcestershire County Council, today, Mr Willis Bond, presiding, read a communication fro, the County Councils’ Association concerning the employment of “conscientious objectors” on work of national importance. The Committee appointed by the Government to draw up a list of occupations of national importance asked if County Councils could employ any, and if so, how many. Among the occupations which they suggested these men might be engaged in was “sanitary work”. The Chairman said he did not want to say anything against conscientious objectors, but he did not think that because a man was an objector he ought to have a preference and to get such work as he pleased to the exclusion of other people, and he should object to engage such men if they were going to propagate their conscientious objection among other employees of a public body.

Worcester Boy on Leave – Tale of Ramming Ships – A Worcester “first class boy” who was on the leading light cruiser, which took part in the great naval battle, in an interview this morning said “We were scouring the seas with three other cruisers and ran into the enemy in a thick fog. They immediately opened fire and so did we. We tried to keep them until the main fleet could come up. The first ship which was struck was the A-. She was not sunk, but badly damaged. The Invincible was sunk by a shell striking the magazine. The cruiser on which I was and another light cruiser rammed a German light cruiser, and we saw her go under in flames.

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