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Lives lost on this day: 8

27th April 1917 - Women's Institute holds meeting at the Guildhall

Rolling casualty count: 6239

War Front: 1st Batt: Batt relieved from the out-post line by the 2nd East Lancs and billeted in Villers-Ghislaine-billets good.

2nd Batt: The day was spent in clearing up and inspecting iron rations and gas helmets. Rifles were inspected by the Armourer Sergt.

2/7th Batt: Men had baths pm. Batt played 2/8th Worcs in the football competition and drew 1-1.

4th Batt: Batt marched to Coigneux to good billets in barns and huts.

Yeomanry/Cavalry: The mounted troops took up the role of protective cavalry on the extreme right flank of the British position.

Home Front: SERGT MAJOR’S COMMENDABLE RECORD – Sergt Major Parkes, Worcestershire Regiment, is an example of a man’s success in the Army as a result of perseverance. Belonging preiously to the Artillery, he joined the Worcestershires on the outbreak of war and has been in France bout two years. He was wounded twice and recommended five times for valour in the field. He has been awarded the D.C.M., and was recommended for two subsequent bars, also the Military Cross and a French decoration. He has now been offered a commission.

CITY WOMEN’S INSTITUTE – A Clearing House for Ideas – A meeting of the recently formed Women’s Institute for the City was held at the Guildhall on Wednesday afternoon. The Mayoress presided, and she was supported by Lady Hindlip, Lady Isabel Margesson, the Viscountess Deerhurst and Miss Day (Board of Agriculture Observer). Lady Coventry and the Mayoress were elected the joint Presidents, the Lady Hindlip Vice President; the Lady Isabel Margesson, Hon Secretary. Lady Hindlip gave an explanation of the work of the Women’s Institute and of their special value in war time.

Information researched by The Worcestershire World War 100 team