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Key dates over April 1917

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Lives lost on this day: 5

21st April 1917 - Man's Bravey Certificate awarded

Rolling casualty count: 5886

War Front: 1st Batt: Batt billeted in Guyancourt. Weather much improved.

2nd Batt: 200 men went to work with the RE. Germans active during the night, particularly on the Sunken road in the left Coy area where 5 men were buried and 3 of them died.

2/7th Batt: Batt relieved the 16th Batt Lancs Fusiliers in Germaine.

2/8th Batt: Batt moved to Germaine with transport to Forest.

3rd Batt: Batt provided numerous working parties for carrying, making ammunition dumps etc. A marked improvement in the weather with the sun drying the ground rapidly.

4th Batt: Shelling during the day in the Reserve Trenches. F Round was killed and 9 other ranks killed or wounded.. At night the Batt relieved the 2nd Hants Reg in their Front Line. 13 other ranks killed on the way up. Batt HQ were in a large chalk cave near La Fosse farm.

10th Batt: Working party of 250 men and 5 officers provided.

SMD RFA: C Coy 241 brigade moved one gun forward.

Home Front: WORCESTER MAN’S BRAVERY – Mayor Presents Him with Certificate – A the City Police Court this morning the Mayor presented Mr William Harrison of Hylton road with the Certificate of the Royal Humane Society. On February 11th last he was on the bank of the river when the water was frozen. It was in a dangerous state, and he warned some little boys who were playing on it. One boy, Henry Willis of Tybridge Street, fell into the river and Mr Harrison was sent for. He came at once, taking the Corporation lifebuoy with him and he endeavoured to get to the boy. The ice broke and Mr Harrison himself fell into the water and he swan or struggled to the boy and eventually rescued him. The boy was nearly drowned and artificial respiration had to be employed. There was no doubt it was a very brave act.

WORCESTER AMUSEMENTS – Theatre Royal – Among the most enjoyable features in “The Very Thing” (the revue at the Theatre Royal this week) are the selections by the Olga Trio composed of Miss Norah Grey (soprano) Mr Cecil Law (pianist) and Mr Leslie Law (violinist). They have a wide repertoire, consisting of gems from grand opera, the classics of ragtime, all of which are sung and played with unvarying excellence.

Information researched by The Worcestershire World War 100 team