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Key dates over January 1917

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Lives lost on this day: 7

2nd January 1917 - Regiment's latest VC

Rolling casualty count: 5167

2nd Batt: PT and extended order drill for the men on ground east of the village.

3rd Batt; Batt extended its front taking over from the 1st Cheshire Reg.

4th Batt;CO and OC Coys went to look at the ground where tomorrow`s attack will take place. 2nd Lt Gallagher joined for duty with Y Coy.

10th Batt: At Gezencourt batt supplied 1 officer and 55 other ranks for building work.

SMD RFA: Batt commenced work on new positions in very muddy conditions.

Home Front: To the Editor: Dear Sir:- Some weeks ago the members of the Women’s Volunteer Reserve started a house-to-house collection of empty tins for the Worcester Regimental Comfort Fund. The result of two afternoons in Barbourne was so good that, so far, the Fund has not needed any more, but now, with so many extra parcels for the prisoners of war, quarter-pound tins are in great demand. Between 200 and 300 per week are used, so the W.V.R. will start collecting again on January 4 and 6, this time in Wyld’s Lane and part of London Road. A. Violet Wodehouse.

Military Cross for O.V: In the “Gazette” Supplement, containing awards for officers and men for distinguished service in the field and awarded the Military Cross, appears the name of Lieut. Mark S.D. Day, R.E., who was previously mentioned in despatches. He is the fourth son of Mr. J.C.R. Day, of Landsdowne Crescent, and an O.V.

Women Buying Boots Wholesale: The run on the boot departments at the London sales on Monday and the fact that women of all classes were buying three and four pair of boots and shoes each was significant of a general desire to take measures against the deficiency of leather. The prices of women’s boots and shoes have been going up by leaps and bounds.

Capt. Paul Bennett V.C: Temp. Lieut. Eugene Paul Bennett, Worcestershire Regiment, who has just been awarded the V.C. is one of the three soldier sons of Mr. Charles Bennett, Stroud…Lieut. Paul Bennett, who was promoted to the rank of Captain a month ago, is only 23 years of age…In connection with the feat for which the V.C. has been awarded, it may be mentioned that the Germans resisted the attack on five occasions, and so pleased was the General of the Division with Captain Bennett’s work that he personally congratulated him and officially ordered the trench to be named “The Bennett Trench.”

Theatre Royal: Mr. Fred Clements’ pantomime “Cinderella” commenced its second week’s run on Monday night in auspicious fashion. There was large house, and the performance generally was as well received as it was during last week….On Monday, Miss Lorna Cherry was not able to take the part of Cinderella, and it was filled excellently by Miss Nelly Hook. She gives a vivacious reading of the part, and acts and dances well.

A Monk who Ruled: Petrograd, Monday – The body of the notorious Monk Rasputin, was found on the bank of one of the branches of the Neva. – Reuter. [see 5 Jan]

Information researched by The Worcestershire World War 100 team