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Key dates over June 1917

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Lives lost on this day: 9

3rd June 1917 - THE BISHOP’S MESSAGE

Rolling casualty count: 6551

War Front:

1st Batt: Batt in Merris in Reserve and did training on the Training Ground which was very crowded.

2nd Batt: Divine service in the orchard behind B Coy Billets. The Divisional Band played pm.

3rd Batt: Batt relieved by the 8th South Lancs and moved to bivouacs at Ravelsburg. At 5.30pm the Chaplain held Divine Service.

4th Batt: early am the enemy sent several shells into Arras but little damage was done. During the night 3 or 4 enemy planes dropped bombs on Arras.

11th Batt: Batt re-organised and reinforcements arrived so they could again muster some 760 men of all ranks.

Home Front:

THE BISHOP’S MESSAGE – Hartlebury Castle Hospital – In the Diocesan Magazine the Bishop writes: “My offer to give up the rest of Hartlebury Castle in answer to the appeal for more room for wounded soldiers was at first gladly accepted, but subsequent events have modified this and for the present at least the authorities desire no more than the smaller accommodation, which I have put at their disposal since the beginning of the war. There are at present 17 men here under the care of the V.A.D., and it is possible that this arrangement works out more comfortably than a larger and more professional hospital would.

THE CITY’S HEALTH – Low Infant Death Rate Again the Medical Officer for Health for the City, in presenting his report says: “The statistics for the year are on the whole favourable and especially the infant death rate, which was only 78.2 per 1,000 births. There is no doubt that this rate can still be considerably reduced and the free treatment of venereal diseases will greatly contribute. The machinery for dealing with these diseases is all ready and the Council are now waiting for the approval by the Local Government Board of the scheme”.

Information researched by The Worcestershire World War 100 team