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Key dates over April 1917

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Lives lost on this day: 0

16th April 1917 - Second Battle of the Aisne. Offensive launched by the French under General Robert Nivelle along the Chemin des Dames. Following heavy casualties, fighting called off on 20 April after few gains.

Rolling casualty count: 5847

War Front: 3rd Batt: A quiet day in Le Bizet trenches

SMD RFA: All Batteries registered at Catchet Copse, Petit Priel Farm and other strong points during the day in readiness to cover an attack by the 123rd Infantry. At 10am the Batt covered the attack but the infantry was held up at Catchet Copse. The 6th batt Warwicks Reg progressed on the left but the 5th Warwicks were unable to make progress. The casualties were high for such a minor operation.

Yeomanry /Cavalry: Preparations for the 2nd Battle of Gaza were completed. Operations designed to be carried out in 2 stages.

Home Front: COMMISSIONS FOR SERVICE IN THE FIELD The War Office announce that commissions as second lieutenants have been granted to the following:- Worcs R. Corpl J Clarke from 17th Lancers (FEB 26) Squad. Sergt Major B W Dudley from 4th Hussars. Sergt. C T Dellow from 4th Hussars (Feb 27).

PUBLIC HALL WORCESTER – GRAND EVENING CONCERT Thursday April 19th For the benefit of the Widow and Children of the late Mr Senon Brewer

Information researched by The Worcestershire World War 100 team