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Key dates over June 1917

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Lives lost on this day: 1

29th June 1917 - Russians begin a summer offensive against the Germans directed by Alexander Kerensky, war minister in the Provisional Government. They suffer a series of defeats and setbacks. Fighting continues until 18 July.

Rolling casualty count: 6692

War Front:

1st Batt: Batt marched to Ypres at 8.15pm and took over accommodation from the 1st Sherwood foresters. One Coy is at HQ at Lille Gate, 2 Coys at the Esplanade. One coy remained behind at Halifax Camp.

2nd Batt: The 1st Batt of Queens made an unsuccessful raid. B Coy remained in support, then the first reinforcements and B Coy moved to Pommier.

3rd Batt: Coy training continued and special attention was directed to training for special open warfare.

4th Batt: Batt supplied working parties to assist in digging gun pits and dug outs, assisting the RE.

10th Batt: Batt practising the attack.

Home Front:

WORCESTERSHIRE AND THE WAR – LIEUT WILMOT’S POSTUMOUS HONOUR – The late Lieut. Thomas Wilmot, 2nd Battn. Worcestershire Regiment (whose mother was presented last Friday, at Pitchcroft, with the Military Cross which we won for conspicuous gallantry) was the fourth son of the late Rev. F Wilmot. His four brothers are all serving in the Army.

B3 AND C3 men – New Instructions as to their position – Instructions have been sent to Chairmen of Tribunals throughout the country to exempt all men classified B3 and C3 who are not clerks or engaged in trade, allowing them to return to civil life. All those exempted in this way are to be drafted to the Army Reserve, and may be called up later. Clerks are urgently needed for the Pay Corps and other units, and men of both B3 and C3 will doubtless be utilised as well. Men skilled in engineering and other trades will be very useful for Army purposes.

Information researched by The Worcestershire World War 100 team