Key dates over June 1916
Lives lost on this day: 3
28th June 1916 - Letter home from Col Coventry being held as a prisoner
Rolling Casualty Count: 3298
At the Front:
2nd Batt: Batt allotted baths at le Preol and men were able to get a change of clothing. A and C Coys went to Beuvry in order to rehearse on the model German trench there.
4th Batt: Very bad weather but all ranks cheerful while waiting in forming- up area in the trenches.
At 3.00pm, orders that all moves were cancelled for 48 hours.
10th Batt: Fifth day of bombardment in heavy rain. Batt had just started to move to Preliminary Assembly Trenches to the East of Millencourt at 4.00pm when a message was received to stand fast for 48 hours.
9th Batt: At Sodom, Batt settled down in the open hoping for a little peace!
SMD RFA: A Battery detachments went up to position in Bois D`Hollande, Beaucourt Chateau trench and Prisieux trench.
On the Home Front:
One brother killed: Another captured - Information has been received that Corpl W R Garland Yeomanry of Hawbridge, Claines was killed in action at Katia. He was aged 20 and has previously been reported as missing. His brother Tpr W J Garland is a prisoner at Damascus. They are sons of Mr T Garland of Hawbridge.
Trooper Bannister, who was reported missing, has written to his wife to say that he is a prisoner at Damascus and has suffered no injury. He sent the welcome news that Farrier-Sgt Jaynes (brother of Constable Jaynes of the City Force) who was reported killed is alive having been taken prisoner.
The Yeomanry Officers. Letters from Col Coventry and His Men. Mrs Coventry, Earl’s Croome Court, has received a letter from her husband, Lieut-Col, the Hon C J Coventry (Commander of the Worcestershire Yeomanry) who with 200 officers and men were taken by the Turks on Easter Sunday. The letter is dated May 29th, from Angora Camp, and an extract is ‘Just arrived here after our travels. All very well. Not so hot here as on the Canal. We hope to stay here some time’
The Royal Show – Local Successes with Herefords. In dull weather, the 77th exhibition of the Royal Agricultural Society of England was opened at Withington, Manchester on Tuesday. A surprisingly well-laid out show ground greeted visitors who, up to three o’clock had passed the turnstiles in record numbers…The exhibition, although deprived of some of those interesting features which have been regarded with so much favour in past years, was worthy of the best traditions of the society. There was, in fact, a far better representation of livestock of the United Kingdom than might reasonably have been expected in time of War and from the point of view of the farmer the show was in every way a conspicuous success.
Information researched by the WWW100 team.
- Pte Henry Archibald Ellis 15156 - 9th Bn Worcestershire
- Pte William Hackett 19529 - 9th Bn Worcestershire
- Bdr Percy George Harber 2065 - Royal Field Artillery