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Key dates over April 1917

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Lives lost on this day: 6

30th April 1917 - More reports on the week's fighting coming through

Rolling casualty count: 6260

War Front: 1st Batt: Men in working parties on the out-post line and carrying up of equipment for the RE.

2nd Batt: Coy Training took place north east of Hennecamp, in intensive digging and platoon attacks. There were also classes in Lewis guns and bombing.

2/7th Batt: Coy training in the presence of COC Division. D Coy operated with reflecting tin plates on the back for artillery observation.

Sergt Cartwright, Lance-Corp Gathergood received the Military Medal for Valour. Pte M Hart and Pte H Clarke of D Coy received the Military medal.

3rd Batt: Batt moved unexpectedly at an early hour to billets at Strazeble.

4th Batt: An advance party went to new billets at St Amandin.

10th Batt: Men had use of the baths. Later Batt moved from Curragh Camp, Locre to St Lawrence Camp near Poperinghe.

SMD RFA: Batteries moved sections to the wagon lines-some at Hamelot.

Honours and awards were as follows: Lt FH Adshead, C Coy 241 received the Military Cross and Gunner AW James received the Military Medal.

Home Front: TO THE EDITOR - WORCESTER TRAMWAYS – Sir, the following extract of the “Electrical Times” is of interest to the public of Worcester. The recent overturn of a car at Wigan supports the views of a good many tramway engineers who have looked askance at double decked top roofed cars on narrow gauge lines. The Worcester cars have no roofs over the upper deck, but they are double deck cars on narrow gauge lines. To passengers who have been using the cars recently the combination of side to side and up and down motions has been pregnant with meaning and it does not require extensive knowledge of the deductions to be drawn from Newton’s Laws to predict eventual disaster.

WORCESTERS’ GREAT STAND – Three Days’ Fight Against Great Odds – Fuller details of the great stand made by men of the Worcestershire Regiment against tremendous odds in last week’s fighting are told by officers and men of the Regiment who took part. “The men were splendid” said a Malvern officer. “They were in one of the tightest corners they have ever been in, but they were absolutely fearless and held on with grim determination that nothing could shake.

Information researched by The Worcestershire World War 100 team