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Key dates over May 1917

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Lives lost on this day: 23

3rd May 1917 - Local MP supports Votes for Women

Rolling casualty count: 6297

War Front:

1st Batt: Weather fine and hot. Villers-Ghislain shelled and 2 other ranks wounded.

2nd Batt: There was an inspection of feet and PT with Coy Commander.

4th Batt: Batt roused at 4.30 am and standing by. Owing to previous attacks not being very successful, the Batt was not required and notice was changed to 3 hours. Shells fell near the billets and the Reg QM was wounded.

2/7th Batt: Batt supplied working parties on Brown line. In the evening, a patrol went out from the support line under 2nd Lts Constantine, Southwell, Sherlock and Lawrence. Although bright moonlight prevented any offensive action, important information was gained.

SMD RFA: An uneventful time. A and B Coy at Tincourt training while C and D in action.

Yeomanry/Cavalry: Brigade withdrawn from Outpoet Line at Sha`uth to Support line at Abason Kabir.

Home Front:

Accident: This afternoon the little son of Mr. Coombs, of the Swan Inn, St. John’s, was knocked down by a motor-car in the Bull Ring and rather badly shaken. He was conveyed to the Infirmary in the car.

Women’s Franchise: Sir Edward Goulding received a deputation of the Worcester women’s societies for the extension of the franchise to women to discuss the possibilities of the proposed Electoral Reform Bill. Sir Edward informed the deputation that he would, as he had always done, support the inclusion of women in this Bill. He favoured no measure in which the women’s vote would overpower the men’s, in which view the deputation were in agreement. Sir Edward was most hopeful that the principles of women’s enfranchisement would be established.

Officer Killed: Sec.-Lieut. Guy Lesingham Spreckley, third son of Mr. and Mrs. H.W. Spreckley, of Worcester, who on Monday was reported missing, believed wounded, is now reported killed. The sympathy of the whole City and district will go out to the bereaved parents in this, their third great loss. It will be remembered that they have already lost two sons in the war. Lieut. Ralph Lesingham Spreckley of the Connaught Rangers, the youngest son, was killed in action in September 1914 and Lieut. Arthur Freer Spreckley of the 9th Ghurkhas, was drowned with his wife and child in the torpedoing of the Persia. The eldest son, Lieut. H. Malcolm Spreckley, is serving in the Navy.