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Key dates over January 1917

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Lives lost on this day: 0

14th January 1917 - Heavy snow prevents angling

Rolling casualty count: 5192

War Front: 4th Batt: Snowing hard. Y and Z Coys, 4 officers and 211 other ranks, left for Mansel Camp to take over Corps fatigues.

10th Batt: Gas shells were sent over to Sailly au Bois and gas could be smelled distinctly at Hebuterne. A machine gun was seen firing from Gommecourt Park in the mist. One of our advanced outposts reported that they could hear the Germans coughing and talking in the night.

SMD RFA: Wagon lines relieved one another with Brigade. C Battery moved to Doll Farm. A Battery moved forward to Contalmaison.

Home Front: Angling: The severe wintry weather we have had of late has put a stop to angling. The heavy fall of snow in the upper districts of the Severn and Teme has put both rivers quite out of condition, and it will be many days before the snow water has run off and the rivers become fishable again. The Avon is in a high and discoloured state, and offers no prospects of sport for some time to come.

A War Souvenir: Mr. E.A. Bouet has designed and painted a very artistic and striking war souvenir, which would serve admirably as a “Roll of Honour” in factories or even in private families. He is a carpet designer, and has made his souvenir take the appearance of a rich rug. There is a capital painting of a soldier, the home for which he is fighting, a ship, etc. It is handsomely scrolled and embellished. The whole is hand-painted. Towards the bottom a space is left for names or photos.

Information researched by The Worcestershire World War 100 team