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Lives lost on this day: 1

9th March 1917 - Frost and snow but trams keep running

Rolling casualty count: 5664

War Front: 1st Batt: A heavy snowstorm put an end to fighting and the Battle.

2nd Batt; Batt assembled at 9am and marched to the parade ground east of La Neoville for battle drill. An inter platoon soccer competition was started.

4th Batt: There was a lecture to all officers on “protectio2 by Col Beckwith DSO.

2/7th Batt: C and D Coys left for the Kratz Section. Batt relieved the 18th HLI. Band D Coys are in the Front Line and A Coy in Support.

2/8th Batt: Batt moved to Carrieres and Parison. 4 men evacuated sick.

10th Batt: Batt moved to Louvencourt.

Yeomanry/Cavalry: The Regiment left El Burj with the rest of the Brigade and marched along the sea-shore in a high gale, which covered everything in fine sand

Home Front: Winter’s Unwelcome Return: After the terribly severe spell of wintry weather which ended three weeks ago, we thought that serious frosts were over for this winter. Therefore, after the biting north-eastern winds, the sudden drop in temperature on Wednesday and Thursday evenings, followed by today’s heavy fall of snow, came as an unpleasant change.

Trams Running Satisfactorily: The Worcester tramcars have, in spite of the heavy fall of snow, been able to continue to run. The snow has caused delays. Some of the cars have found it difficult from time to time during the day to negotiate the steep gradients on Rainbow Hill and London Road, but they have been able to get to the terminus. Cold as it was on Thursday Worcester escaped better than some places. For instance, 20 degrees of frost were registered at Middleton-on-the-Wolds, near Beverley, Yorkshire.

The Feeding of Ram Lambs: The attention of the President of the Boards of Agriculture and Fisheries has been drawn to the waste of food which is caused by the practice of bringing ram lambs to a high pitch of condition before sale. In the present scarcity of feeding stuffs, the President trusts that all breeders of ram lambs will, as far as possible, modify their usual practice of high feeding, both as regards ram lambs and shearling lambs, and will only bring them forward to such a condition as is consistent with the proper performance of the purpose for which they are to be sold.

Worcester Girl Sentenced: Grace Maud Meadows (18), of York Place Worcester, pleaded guilty to stealing a dress belonging to Florence Cole from a theatre cloakroom on February 9. She had been to several shelters and homes, it was stated, but without any good effect… A detective from Worcester gave prisoner a very bad character, and said she was a disgrace to her family. She had been previously convicted at Worcester. The accused was ordered to be detained in a Borstal institution for three years.

Maximum Prices for Summer Milk: The maximum milk price, wholesale, will usually be 6½d. per imperial gallon above the price obtained in the summer of 1913. This will be the maximum price for milk delivered in the premises or at the railway station of the buyer, under a contract. For milk sold under other conditions the farmer may not charge more than 5½d. per gallon above the 1913 summer price. It is an offence to exceed these prices.

Information researched by The Worcestershire World War 100 team