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Key dates over February 1917

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Lives lost on this day: 5

24th February 1917 - Kut al Amara recaptured as part of a new British offensive in Mesopotamia aimed at reaching Baghdad

Rolling casualty count: 5522

War Front: 2nd Batt: Batt relieved the 9th HLI in right sub-section. The 1st Queens took over our positions in Brigade Reserve. 50 men of A Coy were left in Reserve under 2nd Lt Hopkins.

3rd Batt: Batt marched to RookIoshille where billets were scattered and training ground scarce.

4th Batt: Brigade Major went round the lines to report on them. Coys had gum-boots from the store and all attended an anti trench foot treatment.

9th Batt: Brigade crossed the pontoon bridge and marched forward to assemble at Shumran Bend. News came in that Sannaiyat and Kut had been taken back and that Turkish army was in full retreat.

Home Front: Thrown from a Horse – Serious Worcester Accident – At about noon today, a groom, named Charles Cook, aged 68, was riding a horse round the corner of Castle Street into the Tything, a little dog startled the animal, which ran away along St Mary Street. Cook rode it back into the Tything, where it was again startle by the dog, and the horse then galloped along the Tything. Opposite Mr H McNaught’s motor shop it bucked and threw Cook over its head. He was taken into Mr McNaught’s shop, and then to the Infirmary, where it was found that he had sustained a severe scalp wound. His condition is serious.

Worcestershire and the War - Serbian Honour for Malvern Officer – His Majesty the King of Serbia, has conferred the Order of the White Eagle, 3rd class (with swords) on Colonel Guy Fitton, son of the late Mr E Fitton and Mrs Fitton of Fairlead, Malvern.

Malvern Wells Officer Awarded D.S.O. – Flight Commander William Moore, R.N.A.S. (son of the late Mr W Moore, solicitor and Mrs Moore, Woodfield Lodge, Malvern Wells) has been awarded the D.S.O. in recognition of his excellent work in East Africa, and especially when he flew from Ubena to Mahenje, a distance of 300 miles. He obtained important results in bombing flights.

Information researched by The Worcestershire World War 100 team