Key dates over June 1916
Lives lost on this day: 1
6th June 1916 - Employees asked to give up Whit Monday in solidarity with munitions workers
Rolling Casualty Count: 3256
At the Front:
3rd Batt: Batt attacking the enemy all day and into the 7th.
4th Batt: Front line badly damaged by German artillery between 11.00am and 1.00pm but no casualties.
On the Home Front:
Worcester City Council - Business as Usual on Whit-Monday – The Mayor reminded the Council that the wish had been expressed that Whit-Monday should not be kept as a general holiday. As the munition workers had been asked to give up their holiday for the time being, it would be nicer for them to know that everybody else was working. He could not command the citizens to work or keep their shops open, but he knew that he was expressing their wish when he said that he hoped the citizens would unanimously fall into line.
Worcestershire Casualties – Rainbow Hill Man’s Death – Pte William Henry Hardwicke, aged 31, the husband of Mrs T.E. Hardwicke, of 18 Vauxhall Street, Rainbow Hill, has died in France. He was in the local artillery. He went out to the front with a batch of men who landed on Friday. Pte Hardwicke died in hospital on the following Thursday.
Worcester Sargeant’s Second Wound – Sergt. J. Rostron, of the Worcestershire Regiment and Son of Mrs Rostron, of St Martin’s Gate, has been wounded, and is in hospital. This is the second time that he has been wounded. He received his first wound before Christmas, but recovered and went out again. In a letter to his Mother he says that he is badly hit, his right thigh being fractured. He adds that he is going on steadily, but expects that it will be a long time before he can be moved to England. He has seven years’ service with the army and has been at the front since August 1914.
Information researched by the WWW100 team.
- Pte Joseph Jones 1859 - 2/7th Bn Worcestershire