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Key dates over January 1917

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Lives lost on this day: 2

7th January 1917 - Ivernia sinking claims Evesham pub landlord

Rolling casualty count: 5181

2nd Batt: A voluntary service was held at the Concert Hall.

3rd Batt: Batt was relieved by the 8th Loyal North Lancs and moved to Brigade Reserve at Pont-de Nieppe.

4th Batt: Divine service held in the Hotel De Ville at 11am.Football match of officers v Sergeants pm.

2/7th Batt: A short lecture for officers and NCOs by the Brigade GC.

SMD RFA: A Battery was heavily shelled all day. Men were withdrawn and there were no casualties. One gun with its carriage, was completely destroyed by a 5.9 Howitzer shell.

Yeomanry /Cavalry: Preparations were made for a cavalry raid on the Turkish post at Rafa, 30 miles to the east on the Turkish/Egyptian frontier. The Germans were conducting the Turkish army.

Home Front: Evesham Officer Missing: Mrs. Smith, of the Crown Hotel, Evesham, received a telegram stating that her husband, Second-Lieut. Henry Smith, was one of the missing officers on the transport Ivernia which was sunk by an enemy submarine on January 1. Much regret is felt in Evesham, where Mr. Smith had been the popular landlord of the Crown Hotel for about eight years…He joined the Worcestershire Yeomanry and was subsequently sergeant instructor of musketry.

The Porcelain Works Burning Case: Mrs. Mary Taylor, who was burnt at the Porcelain Works on December 28th, is this afternoon a little weaker.

Information researched by The Worcestershire World War 100 team