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Key dates over March 1917

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Lives lost on this day: 1

13th March 1917 - DCM for Malvern hero

Rolling casualty count: 5674

War Front: 2nd Batt: Parades of platoon training and organization held am. The CO instructed officers and NCOs in map reading and tactical exercise.

4th Batt: Batt firing on the range and every officer fired a Lewis gun.

Home Front: National Service: Worcester’s Part: Sir, - The citizens are now probably well aware of the scheme organised by Mr. Neville Chamberlain for bringing into the service of the Nation, in the present crisis, every man between the ages of 18 and 61, who is able and willing to aid in giving Germany the “knock-out” blow necessary to end the War. The Committee appointed to deal with the work of organisation in Worcester have decided to bring the scheme directly before every household in the city by a special appeal to those whose names are recorded in the National Register, and to carry out this work, which will be dealt with at the Guildhall immediately some voluntary clerical assistance is desired, such as was so readily afforded in connection with the Derby Scheme, etc…If a sufficient number of volunteers will kindly send in their names to the Mayor at the Guildhall, stating the days and hours on which they can attend, the labour of dealing with the whole city will be exceedingly light and the work greatly facilitated. We venture to hope that as the matter is urgent, we may be favoured with a prompt response to this appeal for help in a task that is a patriotic duty which all should be ready to share. Arthur Carlton, Mayor, Chairman; Richard R. Fairburn, John Sewell, Hon. Secs.

The new scheme for the use of motor ploughs is working fairly satisfactorily in the Worcester district, but more workers are urgently needed. Mr. Barker, of Lowesmoor, has had a fair response of volunteers who are willing to give a day or son, but they cannot give regular or full time to the work. What is needed immediately are full-time workers and people who will undertake to convey the workers to and from their work. It will be obvious that the plan of keeping the ploughs going day and night is difficult to work with part-time workers. It means a great deal of organising work, and it is almost impossible to arrange the shifts with this kind of labour. Up to the present no night ploughing has been done, but it is expected that a start will be made soon. At present Mr. Barker is awaiting lighting sets. Those who will undertake the carriage of workers to and from their work will be provided with petrol free for this work. Two motor ploughs are at work now – one at Crown East and one at Cotheridge.

Malvern Man awarded D.C.M: Sergt. F. Baldwin, R.F.A, second son of the late Mr. E. Baldwin, architect, of Malvern, and nephew of Mr. W. Baldwin, of Pickersleigh Road, Malvern, has been awarded the D.C.M. in recognition of his observation work. He has been in the Army several years.

Information researched by The Worcestershire World War 100 team