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Lives lost on this day: 6

13th February 1917 - Cars driven on frozen Severn

Rolling casualty count: 5462

War Front: 4th Batt: Batt played football against 36th at Heilly and lost 1-0.

10th Batt: Batt relieved by the 8th Glos reg. Fierce artillery fire from both sides.

SMD RFA: The wagon lines moved to Bois Olympe, Cappy, at 9.30am. At 10.15am, the enemy shelled the position and slight damage was done to materials and personnel.

Yeomanry/Cavalry: Forage and rations are getting through, brought in by camels with large nets slung over both sides.

Home Front: The Wintry Spell – Motor Car Ice Trips at Stourport – After a slight rise in the temperature during the last few days the wintry grip seems to have taken a new hold. On Tuesday eight degrees of frost were recorded at the Waterworks, and this morning fourteen degrees was the minimum. There was skating in the vicinity on Tuesday, but only a very few ventured on the Severn, where the ice has broken up a good deal during the last few days. The frosts of the past two evenings have given it a smooth layer for long stretches and the ice promises to be excellent in a day or two. Motor cars have been run on the Severn between the bridge and Blackstone, near Bewdley. Large numbers of persons have enjoyed the ride on the ice.

Worcester Infant Health Society – Suggested Day Nursery – The annual meeting was held at the Guildhall. The report stated that the Committee had felt it to be a great privilege to be trusted by the subscribers to assist the work of the Municipal Infant Health Nurses for another year. It must be remembered that the City Council could not legally supply milk for infants. Milk must be supplied by voluntary gifts until legislation was altered. During the year the Society had been able by the generous support of the subscribers, to make grants of milk not only for children under one year of age, but also for those under two years of age who were in need of it. With milk at 6d a quart such help had been more than necessary than ever before, and had been warmly welcomed by the mothers.

Information researched by The Worcestershire World War 100 team