Key dates over June 1917
Lives lost on this day: 3
24th June 1917 - WELFARE OF WORCESTERSHIRE YEOMANRY
Rolling casualty count: 6680
1st Batt: Batt saw pictures of the trenches of the enemy`s position in the vicinity of Hooge and Westhoek taken from the air.
2nd Batt: The C in Chief of Brigade presented medals after Church Parade in am. In the pm the Batt moved into the trenches in Croiselles Sector, prior to an attack on the 25th.
3rd Batt: The night march continued to billets near St Venant, arriving at 2.30am.
4th Batt: Church Parade am followed by demonstrations of wire cutting by “Bangalore Torpedo,” and of firing from a Lewis gun versus 20 picked rifles.
SMD RFA: The Brigade marched to Bendigo Camp.
Yeomanry/Cavalry: The 4th Australian Light Horse closed the northern exits around Hill 630.
LOCAL WAR HONOURS - AWARDED BAR TO MILITARY CROSS TEMP. CAPT. E. ROUTH M.C. Royal Warwickshire Regiment – For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. He showed the utmost gallantry and good leadership when commanding his company. Though wounded in three places, he refused to be attended to and ordered his men forward. This fine example inspired his company, who carried out its task with great credit. Captain Routh was educated at Bromsgrove School and received his commission in October 1914, promoted Captain 1915. He was awarded the Military Cross in May 1916, and was wounded in July 1916.
WELFARE OF WORCESTERSHIRE YEOMANRY – A man who was near a Turkish Camp has said that the Yeomanry who were taken prisoners in considerable numbers at Katia were removed to a camp in Aleppo (that statement is doubtful) and that most of those 50 prisoners died from starvation. The statements are traceable to a Cairo informant of a press agency: but Mrs Woodhouse, the Secretary of the Regimental Comforts Fund (who is anxious to allay what she believes to be the needless anxiety of relatives), says that so far as she know there is no real authority for the statements.
Information researched by The Worcestershire World War 100 team
- Pte. Charles Henry Hand 35547 - 1st Bn Worcs Reg
- Pte. Charles Edward Hornby 30663 - 2nd Bn Worcs Reg
- Pte. Charles Gilbert Tame 40156 - 3rd Bn Worcs Reg