Key dates over April 1917
Lives lost on this day: 10
11th April 1917 - Birmingham munition workers choose chilly Bank Holiday in Worcester
Rolling casualty count: 5800
War Front: 1st Batt: Sidestepped to the left and relieved the 2nd Northants in the night. Weather very bad.
2nd Batt: Batt moved off to trenches near Mercatel at 9.20 am. Transport and 1st reinforcements remained at Ficheux. Men billeted in the trenches with a few in dug-outs and were “Standing to.”
2/8th Batt: Six other ranks joined from Base.
4th Batt: Batt warned to be ready at 2 hours notice.
9th Batt: Batt selected for the attack. The Turks appeared very strong in number. Batt moved forward under heavy fire in artillery formation.
Home Front: HOMES FOR DISABLES SOLDIERS AND SAILORS - a Flag Day will be held on Saturday April 14th, In aid of the Mayor o Worcester’s Fund for the Sailor’s and Soldier’s Homes. Buy a Flag for the brace fellows who are fighting for us.
EASTER IN WORCESTER – A Chill Holiday – On Monday it seemed that nothing in the way of weather can daunt the holiday makers’ spirit. While some of us lacking the ardour of the visitor, could find no joy in the cutting winds and blizzards of Monday (the wind was bitterly cold and give degrees of frost were registered last night), many who came to Worcester for a day’s holiday found pleasure in river trips. Some, indeed, were bold enough to use small boats. The deck of a pleasure steamer is as comfortless a place as could well be found in weather such as we are affected with at the present time. Apparently it could not depress them, for they were as cheerful at the end of the day as when they came. It was evident that a large proportion were munitions workers from the Birmingham District. The mail train leaving Shrub Hill was in the words of one observer “literally packed”.
Information researched by The Worcestershire World War 100 team
- Pte. Frank Clay 13891 - Hampshire Regiment
- Pte. Albert Duffin 13244 - Royal Warwickshire Regiment
- Pte. Wilfred Dunnaker 43493 - Lincolnshire Regiment
- Pte. Edward James Gummery 43494 - Lincolnshire Regiment
- Pte. James Henry Pearson 201568 - 2/7th Bn Worcs Reg
- Pte. Charles Shutt 241708 - 1/8th Bn Worcs Reg
- L/Cpl. Hugh Reginald Brown 241586 - South Staffordshire Regiment
- Pte. Ernest Lindley 59903 - Machine Gun Corps
- L/Cpl. George Willett 791 - London Regiment
- Sgt. Frank Williams 8735 - Royal Warwickshire Regiment