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Key dates over January 1917

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Lives lost on this day: 5

15th January 1917 - Call for recreation gifts for influx of soldiers at Norton

Rolling casualty count: 5197

War Front: 2nd Batt: PT and training during the day. Night wiring classes held in the evening. A Coy had a cross-country run at Bussus –Bussel. Teams of 1 officer and 20 men entered for this race which was won by us, Pte Denning coming in 1st.

4th Batt: Freezing hard. Y and Z Coys completed fatigues and marched to Carnoy Camp No 5. W and Z Coys improved the Transport lines at Meaulte, digging more Standings.

2/7th Batt: Batt left the Huts and marched to huts at Varennes, a distance of 7 miles.

Home Front: Worcester Infirmary: Increased Grant for Soldier Patients: At the meeting of the Executive Committee today, it was announced that the War Office had increased the allowance in respect of wounded soldiers in the Institution to 4s. per day, which means an increase of 7s. per head per week.

Kempsey Man Killed: Pte. W.F. Goodwin, Worcestershire Regiment, only son of Mr. and Mrs. W. Goodwin, The Greens, Kempsey, has been killed in action. He was aged 21. He joined the Army in Jan., 1916, and went to the front in September. Formerly he was employed at the Co-operative Society’s Bakery.

To the Editor: Sir, In the early days of the war we appealed for money for the erection of a Hut to be worked in connection with the Y.M.C.A for the benefit of recruits at Norton Barracks. The response to this appeal was so generous that we were not only able to erect the Hut; but had a sufficient surplus to enable us to assist in providing recreation for the various bodies of men who have been quartered at Worcester. Now, however, that some 300 Engineers have been removed to Norton, the accommodation of the Hut is inadequate, and it is proposed to convert one of the Government Huts into a Recreation Room. The Government do not supply funds for providing recreation, and therefore we venture to appeal for the gift or loan of any of the following articles:= Billiard or bagatelle table, piano, games, pictures. If you are willing to help by such loans or gifts, arrangements will be made for sending for the articles. A.C. Cherry & W. Moore Ede.

Information researched by The Worcestershire World War 100 team