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Key dates over January 1917

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Lives lost on this day: 4

13th January 1917 - Honour for county ambulance worker

Rolling casualty count: 5192

War Front: 2nd Batt: CO inspected billets. The Divisional General presented medal ribbon

3rd Batt: Relieved the 8th Loyal North Lancs in trenches as before.

4th Batt: Orders received to march to Meaulte Huts.

10th Batt: Patrols went out and reported footprints in the snow coming towards our line for 75 yards. As the snow melted, no movement was seen. Men worked on draining the trenches and repairing the parapets also the fire step boards.

Home Front: To the Editor: Sir, Mr. John Penoyre, who has been instrumental in getting 32,000 sweaters knitted for our men at the front, appealed in last Monday’s “Times” for mufflers for the men also. May I, by your courtesy, ask people in Worcester and the neighbourhood to help me to make up a contribution of say 250 mufflers by the end of this month? Here are the directions:- The mufflers to be 58in. by 10in., plain knitting on two No. 7 needles, taking 10oz. of fairly thick drab or khaki wool. Now that is a prescription that even the mere man can dispense, while ladies can do it almost in their sleep! I have never knitted in my life before this week, but I am well on with my first muffler. The evening or Sunday afternoon pipe is all the sweeter when it accompanies the doing of something that is really needed. So will men and women “of good will” please set to work at once, and we will see if we can’t gather at least 250 mufflers by January 31st. They can be sent to me at Bromwich House, Worcester. MANLEY POWER.

A Veteran Ambulance Worker: H.M. the King, the Sovereign Head and Patron of the Order of St. John of Jerusalem in England, has been graciously pleased to sanction the admission as an Honorary Serving Brother of the Order of Mr. Thomas Charles Davies in recognition of his valuable services rendered in connection with its Ambulance Department. In this formal manner must be announced, according to the rules of the Order, a distinction conferred upon a Worcester railway worker, Mr. Davies is foreman in the G.W.R. Sheet Department at Shrub Hill, and he is well-known among local railway men. The honour conferred upon him is one that is rarely bestowed; he is, we believe, the only one in the county who possesses it. It is given only for long and notable service in extending a knowledge, and in stimulating the practice, of ambulance work.

Information researched by The Worcestershire World War 100 team