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Key dates over March 1917

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Lives lost on this day: 2

10th March 1917 - No change to Easter Holidays

Rolling casualty count: 5670

War Front: 2nd Batt: Batt marched to a field behind the Brigade Office where GOC XVth Corps inspected men and presented Military Medals to 5 men involved in the raid.

2/7th Batt: One man was wounded.

2/8th Batt: Specialist training for the Batt at Carrieres.

Yeomanry/Cavalry: Two Divisions of cavalry now concentrated round Sheikh Zowaid. A race meeting was planned, promoted by Gen , Sir Philip Chetwode and his Desert Corps HQ.

Home Front: Ladies’ Football Match: Sir, - Kindly allow us, through the medium of your paper, to thank all those who answered to the call so nobly on Saturday last to attend the ladies’ football match in aid of the wounded soldiers who are stationed at Worcester Infirmary and Battenhall Mount Hospital. We should also like to thank Mrs. Rackham and Capt. Cale for kicking off, the players for giving such a good game, and all the willing helpers who rendered such valuable assistance in selling tickets and helping at the gate, but feel sure that they will be compensated for their efforts in knowing that the proceeds to be divided between the two institutions amount to the handsome sum of £52 8s. 9d. Again thanking you for the publicity of this letter, and also for announcing the match in your valuable paper. – W. Walker, Hon. Sec Heenan and Froude’s Football Club; W.J. Smith, Hon. Sec. Williamson and Son’s Football Club. J.A. Woolley, Treasurer.

To the Editor: Easter Holidays: Sir, In your issue of the 8th Inst. I noticed a report that the Government do not propose to interfere with the Easter holidays. I am very pleased of this decision, not because I am unpatriotic, but because a good many employees have been done out of their holidays which the Government ordered to be given them in lieu of the Bank Holidays that had been postponed. It is to be hoped, however, that the employees will make up this Easter and demand that which is due to them for last Whitsun and Bank Holiday, 1916. FAIR PLAY.

Inquest: The City Coroner held an inquest at the Guildhall, on Friday afternoon, as to the death of Marianne Winifred Hill, aged 18 months, the daughter of Pte. and Mrs. G. Hill, of 22, Barry Street. Dr S.W. Coombs said a post-mortem showed a state of commencing pneumonia. There was also evidence of a convulsive seizure. In his opinion death was due to these two causes. The child’s dangerous condition might have developed quickly and would not, perhaps, be apparent to the parents. The mother said that her daughter was first taken ill about 2pm on Tuesday. She sent for Dr. Crowe at 6.30, describing the child’s condition. The doctor was unable to come, but he sent a powder and some medicine, which she gave to the child, who at night appeared a little better. She died at 2am on Wednesday morning. The Jury returned a verdict in accordance with the medical evidence, attaching absolutely no blame to the parents.

Information researched by The Worcestershire World War 100 team