Key dates over January 1917
Lives lost on this day: 3
4th January 1917 - Children's Pantomime
Rolling casualty count: 5174
2nd Batt: CO inspected Coys on the Parade Ground. Col Pardoe went on leave. Major GJ Storey took over control of the Batt.
4th Batt: Night operations at 4pm on the out-post scheme under Major Pennyman.
10th Batt: Training was carried out in billets owing to the heavy rain.
SMD RFA: C Battery was heavily shelled by 8 inch howitzers from 10am to 3.30pm. Men were temporarily removed from the position. There were no casualties.
Yeomanry/Cavalry: The Reg left Batia for the east Bank of the Wadi, 2 miles SE of El Arish. Enemy aircraft extremely active concentrating on the rail head which had just reached El Arish.
Home Front: The Bishop’s House: The Bishop, writing in the Diocesan Magazine, says: “By the bequest of the late Mrs. Wheeley Lea, I have become possessed of Parkfield, Hallow, near Worcester. It is my intention to submit to the Diocesan Conference the question whether I should transfer this residence as a See-house for future Bishops of Worcester. If they advise me to do so I am prepared to make it over either to the Ecclesiastical Commissioners or to trustees for the purpose.
Cottage Homes Children: Sixty of the Cottage Homes children attended the performance of the pantomime at the Theatre Royal on Thursday afternoon, by the kind invitation of the Mayor (Ald. Carlton) and Mr. Clements, and each received the gift of a bun and an orange. In addition, at the close of the entertainment, the children went on to the stage, where they were received in accordance with annual custom by Ald. and Mrs. Carlton, and each presented with a shilling for their respective bank books.
Information researched by The Worcestershire World War 100 team
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