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Key dates over May 1917

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Lives lost on this day: 6

9th May 1917 - Worcester brothers killed

Rolling casualty count: 6339

War Front:

1st Batt: Batt relieved in daylight by 2ND Royal Inniskilling Rifles and marched to Sorel le Grand to good billets.

2nd Batt: Batt marched to a field 3 miles north west of camp and practice advancing in waves by Coys to the trenches B and C Coys were in Reserve and provided carrying parties.

3rd Batt: Batt relieved 10th Cheshires north east of Mont St Eloy.

4th Batt: Men training in the old trenches south of Arras –Doullens Road. There was a conference at divisional HQ for Brigadiers and Commanding officers.

2/7th Batt: More patrols sent out and there was much traffic in the St Quentin Road 2nd Lt Beaman and his party reported that they saw wiring and unloading of timber north of St Haron and a small party crossed the old German line and advanced. A short distance beyond was a listening post.

2/8th Batt: Parties digging day and night on Brown Line and the out-post support line.

11th Batt: Batt took over the attack and the battlefield was littered with dead. Batt remained in the front line

Home Front:

Volunteers: Next Sunday all platoons are ordered to parade at Silver Street at 2.45pm for a route march. The Band will attend.

Presentation: At a large gathering of the Sisterhood on Monday last, the members presented Mrs. Berkeley of Cotheridge Court, with a Royal Worcester porcelain vase as a token of their affection and deep appreciation of the interest she has long taken in the Sisterhood and especially of her devotion to the Society during 1916 when she held the office of President.

Worcester Brothers Killed: Many friends of Mr. and Mrs. H.J. Gibbs, of Sunnyside Road, Barbourne, will sympathise with them in their receipt of official news from the War Office that another son, Sec.-Lieut. Gilbert F. Gibbs (25) of the Somersetshire Light Infantry, formerly Worcestershire Regt., was killed in action on the 28th April, in France. He was educated at the Worcester Royal Grammar School and passed the London Matriculation in 1908.

Remanded: Samuel Timmins (40), boatman, 18 Dolday, was charged with neglecting his child Jellicoe Timmins, aged two years, in a manner likely to cause unnecessary suffering. Mr. W.W.A. Tree prosecuted for the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children and said defendant was only arrested on the previous day and the wife would be a material witness and he had not had time to arrange for her attendance. Prisoner was remanded in custody until Saturday.