Key dates over June 1916
Lives lost on this day: 1
26th June 1916 - Yeomanry sent to protect airmen shot down in the desert west of Khalassa
Rolling Casualty Count: 3292
At the Front:
1st Batt: Billets rather crowded. There was a Co inspection . Weather wet but warm.
2nd Batt: Enemy blew another mine opposite eight Coy of the 16th KRR but it did no damage. Batt relieved by the 9th HLI-relief completed in the pouring rain, which drenched the trenches again.
4th Batt: Batt formed up on the training ground and Gen de Lisle delivered our address, ending with “Three cheers for the Worcesters!”
10th Batt: Third day of bombardment. Batt HQ moved to the new camp. The village was shelled shortly after.
Yeomanry/Cavalry: British airmen dropped a message that 3 airmen had been shot down or forced to land in the desert west of Khalassa. The machines were in need of immediate protection from the Turkish patrols and scavenging Bedouins. The airmen escaped and reached an advanced cavalry post at Basal. At 5.00pm the regiment rode 12 miles across country to assist.
On the Home Front:
Old Bromsgrovians Distinction - Capt E L Routh, 11th Battalion Royal Warwickshire Regiment and Lieut H G C Carter 1/8th Battalion Worcestershire Regiment, who have been awarded the Military Cross for gallantry in the field are old boys of Bromsgrove School. The latter is the son of Mr W F Carter, of Maidsmere, Bromsgrove. Capt G Underhill, 62nd Punjabis who was mentioned in despatches for services in Egypt is also an old Bromsgrovian. He is the son of Dr Underhill of Barnt Green.
To The Editor – Motor ‘Bus Depot Dear Sir – Your correspondent ‘Resident’ of the Arboretum, sticks to his real point (which he never bluntly puts in so many words) and that is that he himself should not be disturbed by any of the incidentals of the ‘bus service which benefits so many others. His real point is that because he does not use ‘buses they should not come nearer the city than the tram termini. Why doesn’t he carry on that process of reasoning to it’s logical conclusion and argue that because he doesn’t use trams or trains they should not come into the city. If he argued thus, he would be voted 100 years behind the times……The ‘buses have come to stay and as they serve the convenience of the public by the thousand, individuals here and there must put up with a little inevitable noise and dust and so on. ‘Resident’ had better make his mind to that. Other citizens accept the changing conditions of changing times and with true citizenship they suffer discomfort for others’ convenience. A friend of mine who lives in Astwood Road and is sandwiched between trams and trains, says he would willingly change places with ‘Resident’ Occupant of Broad Street
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- Pte Walter Skipp 23979 - 9th Bn Worcestershire