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Key dates over July 1917

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Lives lost on this day: 3

12th July 1917 - Military Cross for Old Vigornians

Rolling casualty count: 6751

War Front:

2nd Batt: The Divisional General inspected the Coys at training on the range in the am. The “Shrapnells” performed in the evening.

1/8th Batt: The re-inoculation of the men commenced.

2/8th Batt: More attacks on the Wail area. Acting Capt S Pritchard went to the Casualty Clearing Station.

10th Batt: A working party was provided of 3 officers and 100 men as a carrying party.

Home Front:

Military Cross for Old Vigornians: Two recent members of the Sixth Form of the King’s School have within the last few days won the Military Cross – Frank J. Hemming, Worcestershire Regiment, in the fighting near Arras, who led his Company when the other officers were wounded and personally captured several Germans, reaching and maintaining the desired objective; and Llewelyn Owen, Cheshire Regiment, who, in the Messines battle, when in command of his Company and having lost his only junior officer, was wounded early in the battle in the shoulder. For four hours he carried on, captured six machine guns and many prisoners and received a second bullet in the same shoulder. He is now making good recovery.

Wedding: At Holy Trinity Church, Shrub Hill, today, the marriage took place of Company Sergt.-Major Dawson, A.S.C., of London, and Miss Nora Eda Fream, fourth daughter of Mr. and Mrs. C.G. Fream, of Laburnum House, Hill Street. Both bride and bridegroom have been engaged in work at the Forage Department of the War Office, in the Tything.

Increasing number of Aeroplanes: Number Trebled in Twelve Months: Since January last, when the Ministry of Munitions became responsible to the flying services in the matter of supply, the programme had been steadily and largely increased. No fewer than 1,000 factories were engaged and the output was increasing by leaps and bounds. If for the purposes of comparison, the number of aeroplanes produced in May 1916, was put at 100, then in May this year the number rose to rather more than 200, while the output in December will be twice what it was in April. A growing number of workers were employed in aeroplane factories, the increase in the last five months being 25 percent on the previous total. Along with this, the replacement of skilled workers by women has gone on, the dilution percentage having risen from 19 per cent to 37 percent.

Application for Maintenance: Florence Waters, 69 Northwick Road, summoned Bert Yapp (31), bootmaker, 64 Ombersley Road, for arrears under an affiliation order. Defendant admitted the arrears, but said he had been unable to get work for several months. He was told that was nonsense. There was plenty of work for men like him to do. The Chairman said there was plenty of work for boot repairers to do. Defendant said he would find the girl a home and take to the child. He would like to marry the girl. She said that she had no intention of marrying the defendant. Defendant was sent to prison for 28 days’ hard labour

Information researched by The Worcestershire World War 100 team