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Lives lost on this day: 2

3rd March 1917 - Women's football at St George's Lane - Heenan and Froude draw with Williamson's

Rolling casualty count: 5569

War Front: 2nd Batt: Batt relieved by the 2nd RW Fusiliers and marched to billets in Suzanne.

4th Batt: Batt relieved by 1 coy of Coldstream Guards and 2 Coys of 4th Grenadier Guards and proceeded to Tregicourt.

2/8th Batt: Batt attacked enemy lines. 4 other ranks evacuated sick.

10th Batt:. General cleaning up and a rifle inspection.

Yeomanry/Cavalry: Before leaving El Burj, the machine gun sector under Lt HF Kendrick, left the regiment to be incorporated into the Brigade Machine Gun Squadron.

Home Front: Further Reduction of Service: We understand (says “The Times”) that, owing to the necessities of the War Departments, further restrictions of railway traffic, both passenger and goods, may be expected almost immediately. The will be a reduction of passenger services to all ports, and a practical cessation of through express trains.

Angling: The weather has become quite mild and we have been blessed with some genial sunshine. Anglers are hopeful of obtaining some sport before the close season commences on the 15th inst. The Severn in the early part of the week was somewhat out of condition, and of a very unpleasant colour, but is now fit for sport...In the Holt district of the Severn some fine chub were taken, and at camp fair catches of dace, roach, and chub, and a perch 25ozs. Two rods caught a few fish on the Pitchcroft side of the water, and another had a fair lot of dace and roach below the weir. The salmon nets have done well this week, and there has been a grand show of very fine fish on the slabs of the fishmongers in High Street and Broad Street during the week.

Worcester Ladies at Football: There was an attendance of about 5,000 people at the City Football Ground, St. George’s Lane, this afternoon, to witness a rare event – a football match between teams of ladies. Those who have recollections of years back of sporting events could not recall a football contest in which ladies took part. Ladies in hockey matches are relatively common, but this was the first pitched battle between ladies at football that has taken place in the City for a generation or two at any rate. It was a tremendous “draw.” The Grand Stand was crowded, so was the enclosure; and on every hand there was an eager expectancy. The one team (Messrs. Heenan and Froude’s) had white blouses, with a bodice of navy blue and skirt of navy blue. They wore tama’shanters set jauntily with a white rosette. The other team (Messrs. Williamson’s) had khaki blouses and navy blue skirts, and red caps. They were comely and picturesque figures; and they were a credit to their costumiers…They seemed to diffuse an exhilarating good temper and robust health, and one looked forward to their sporting exhibition with interest…One or two could dribble very well, but not one of them could tackle. It was the most “gentlemanly” game, if one may indulge in such and Irishism, the writer has ever witnessed…The result was a draw, one goal each.

Information researched by The Worcestershire World War 100 team