Key dates over June 1917
Lives lost on this day: 1
25th June 1917 - TRANSPORT FOR FRUIT
Rolling casualty count: 6681
2nd Batt: The attack was cancelled and the Batt was relieved in the evening by 16th Kings Royal Rifles and marched back to camp, arriving at 4am.
3rd Batt: Batt marched out at 10.40pm on a wet night and arrived at Westrehem.
2/7th Batt; Coy and Batt training for all. Special exercise for the officers of the Brigade.
10th Batt: Adjutant`s Parade 7 to 7.30am. From 9 to 12 .30pm there was Section and Platoon training. In pm there was musketry, lectures and some games.
Yeomanry/Cavalry: During the night the Bedouins had been lighting fires-a method of warning of hostile movements in the area and this could clear the enemy parties.
The troops reached the ridge at 9.30am, turned and galloped back. Some patrols were attacked but most had been warned away by the fires. This was the last operation by the Imperial Mounted Division as it now ceased to exist. Men are now part of the 5th Mounted Brigade.
WORCESTERSHIRE AND THE WAR – LIEUT A. ROLLINGS HONOURED – We learn that Lieut A Rollings, only son of Mr and Mrs E Rollings of Troneswood, Comberton Road, Kidderminster, has just been awarded the Military Cross for distinguished services rendered in the field. At the outbreak of war he was a member of the Birmingham University O.T.C., and during his active connection with that corps he won the Recruits’ Cup for shooting and gained several proficiency certificates. He was gazetted to the County Regiment on New Year’s Day 1915.
TRANSPORT FOR FRUIT – Blow to Teme Valley Growers – Some of the home grown fruit, now fast ripening to harvest may never reach the public, because of the restricted train services. Only on Thursday, for instance, the growers at Cheddar were suddenly informed that the usual fruit train to Birmingham would not run. This mean a hold up of many tons of ripe fruit, which were wasted, a shortage in Birmingham’s supply and rises in price from 1d to 2d a pound. Now comes the announcement that the facilities to one important cherry growing district are again to be curtailed. In future there will be no cherry train from Tenbury Wells after 4pm. Formerly there were trains at 5 and 10pm. This means the growers will have considerable difficulty in getting their fruit picked and packed in time for the train.
Information researched by The Worcestershire World War 100 team
- Rifleman Henry Guest R/7722 - King's Royal Rifle Corps