Key dates over June 1917
Lives lost on this day: 3
15th June 1917 - FALSE BIRTH INFORMATION
Rolling casualty count: 6644
1st Batt: Batt relieved the 2nd Batt Scottish Fusiliers and C Coy relieved 1 Coy of the Manchester Regiment in the Hooge Sector. A draft of 71 other ranks joined the Batt.
2nd Batt: All officers under major Storey during the am. In the pm it was the KRR Coy Sports at which Pte Denning won the Mile race.
3rd batt: The day was spent collecting salvage from the battlefields and improving the trenches.
4th Batt: Batt did night operations at Canaples from 9.30pm to2.45am.
10th Batt: Batt relieved the 7th East Lancs in the Front Line trenches.
SMD RFA: The group barraged the trenches in front of Pronville in support of operations further north.
Yeomanry/Cavalry: News came that General E Allenby had been appointed to command the Egyptian Expeditionary Force-a Red Letter Day for the army in Palestine.
FALSE BIRTH INFORMATION – Worcester Father Fined – A case of an unusual nature was held at the City Police Court today. The proceedings had been instituted by the direction of the Registrar General and were for contravention of Section 4 of the Perjury Act 1911, which provided that any person who wilfully made any false answer to questions put to him by an Registrar relating to the particulars required to be registered in any birth or death was guilty of misdemeanour and liable to penal servitude not exceeding seven years, or imprisonment for not exceeding two years. The defendant went to the Registrar with the intention of making a false statement concerning the birth of a child of which he was the father and his wife, Julia Johnson, was the mother. That statement was false, inasmuch as it was not a legitimate child and that the person named as the mother was the wife of Able Seaman Woodward (who was still alive) and was really the defendants housekeeper.
COUNTY FOOD PRODUCTION – a meeting of the County Food Executive was held on Wednesday. Mr T Parkes drew attention to a curious situation concerning farms in proximity of Worcester, most of which are entirely dairy and stock raising farms. Two farmers (Messrs Wythes and Hartwright) had visited several of those farms in the Claines area, and recommended that certain land should be broken up. In one case the Committee’s professional advisor recommended that no land should be broken up on the ground that the farm produced as much food in milk and stock as it would if broken up.
THE MINIMUM WAGE QUESTION – Mr Parkes said the minimum wage in Herefordshire was 25s. He was surprised to hear from Capt. Vosper, who has several Worcestershire men in his Company at Warwick, that those men did not want to come to work in their own county. The reason was the wage paid. Worcestershire was about the worst paid county in the whole of England.
Information researched by The Worcestershire World War 100 team
- Pte. Harry Bowdler 35246 - 3rd Bn Worcs Reg
- L/Cpl. Albert Victor Spencer 19347 - 1st Bn Worcs Reg
- Pte. Frank Albert Canning 32238 - Prince of Wales's Volunteers (South Lancashire) Regiment