Key dates over June 1917
Lives lost on this day: 4
19th June 1917 - NEW POTATOES ONCE A WEEK
Rolling casualty count: 6670
1st Batt: There was constant shelling of the Cross Roads and the Dump. Shells fell near the camp but did no damage.
10th Batt: Batt returned to Garden Camp near La Clytte.
11th Batt: Men being plagued by flies during the day and mosquitoes by night. Nights were very cold and most men got malaria.
SMD RFA: The group covered the 6th Royal Warwicks who carried out a raid on an enemy post. A V-shaped “box” was formed with a creeping barrage in the centre. The raid was successful and we took an officer and 9 men prisoner.
WORCESTER AND THE WAR – M.C. FOR LIEUT. VACHELL – Mr C Vachell, K.C., whose residence is near Astwood Bank, has been informed that his only son Lieut F. Vachell has been awarded the Military Cross for distinguished service in the field.
NEW POTATOES ONCE A WEEK - In some hotels, restaurants and other establishments subject to the Public Meals Order, new potatoes have been served on more than one day of the week. The Ministry of Food point out that by the Order “no potatoes or any food which potatoes form part shall be served or eaten on any day, except on Fridays”. This applies equally to all kinds of potatoes.
Information researched by The Worcestershire World War 100 team
- 2/Lt. Francis Maynard Harvey Jones 3rd Bn Worcs Reg
- L/Cpl. Percy Knott 27884 - 14th Bn Worcs Reg
- Pte. Thomas William Powell 40916 - 14th Bn Worcs Reg
- Sgt. Major William Henry Lewis 17161 - Royal Warwickshire Regiment