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Lives lost on this day: 9

6th May 1917 - A tragic coincidence

Rolling casualty count: 6320

War Front:

1st Batt: Batt relieved by 2nd East Lancs and marched to Vaucelette Farm to Brigade reserve. Two Coys in the line behind Villers-Ghislain proceeded to Front Line for work.

2nd Batt: Divine service held in the field west of Hamelincourt at 9.45am by Revd. EV Tanner.

4th Batt: Arras Church Parade at 11am and then work on clearing billets continued.

2/7th Batt: Batt relieved 2/6th Glos in the outpost line. Two men arrived from Basr.2/8th Batt: Batt relieved the 2/7th Worcs on left hand support of outpost line. 7 men arrived from Base.

10th Batt: Batt relieved by 8th Glos and returned to Brigade Reserve in the bend and Railway Dugouts.

Home Front:

A Tragic Coincidence: When Mrs Etheridge telegraphed to her husband, a sergeant in the Warwickshire Regiment, informing him of the death of his son and asked him to obtain leave to attend the funeral, Lieut.-Colonel Davidson replied that Sergeant Etheridge had that day been killed in action.

Dog Offence: Albert Jenkins (37), 12 Leicester Street, foreman, admitted being the owner of a dog which was found without having on the prescribed collar. Defendant said he let the dog out for a run with a proper collar on, but it did not return. The name plate on the collar had been taken or had fallen off. Fined 1s.

Cases Struck Out: William Henry Bevan, Littleworth, Norton, was summoned by his wife Mary Ann Bevan, 41 Foley Road, Worcester, for desertion. Mr. Tree appeared for complainant but she did not appear when the case was called on and it was struck out. In the case of Thomas Staples (235), stamper, 48 Newport Street, charged with using threats towards Annie Wallcroft, 1 Great Park Street, Wallcroft did not appear and this case also was struck out

Assault on a Child: Walter Ernest Pitt (17), porter, 292 Astwood Road, was charged with an indecent assault upon Beatrice Ellen Rowe, a little girl aged six. The girl said she went to Henwick Station, where defendant was employed and he locked himself and her in the porter’s room and there committed the assault complained of. When a train passed defendant went out and returned and locked the door again. The Stationmaster, Mr. Dunsby, came and knocked the door until he knocked a hole in it and then defendant opened it. Detective Handley told Pitt what the little girl alleged and he said that he touched the girl when he lifted her off the stool. The defendant now pleaded guilty and was sent to prison for a month’s hard labour.

Pte. G.M. Nicholas, Royal Scots Regt. (son of Mrs. Nicholas, “West View,” Henwick), whom we reported as wounded in our issue of the 23rd April, has now been visited at the King George Hospital, London, by his mother, sister and several friends, who report that he is progressing as well as can be expected, but is in a very grave condition. His right thigh is fractured by gunshot and his leg broken. It is hoped that under such excellent treatment as he is receiving from the Medical Officer and staff an amputation may be avoided. Writing to his brother Jack, he says that he is quite happy and that everything possible is being done for him.