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Key dates over July 1917

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Lives lost on this day: 5

19th July 1917 - Sale of Stoulton Estate

Rolling casualty count: 6774

War Front:

1st Batt: Training finished in good weather. A draft of 2 other ranks came from Base.

2nd Batt: The Divisional Gas Officer gave a demonstration on the Horse Show ground.

3rd Batt: One of our Coy relieved one Coy of the 8th Loyal North Lancs during the day, in the same trenches as before.

1.8th Batt: Two platoons of C and D Coys took part in field firing.

10th Batt: Batt inspected by GOC 54th Infantry Brigade.

Home Front:

Gold Stripe for Women: By an Army Order issued on Wednesday night: The strip of gold braid on the sleeve of the uniform which was instituted last year as a sign that a soldier had been wounded, while serving abroad and which was recently authorised to be worn also by members of the military nursing services, may in future be worn by soldiers and nurses wounded by the enemy while serving at home.

Hartlebury: On Tuesday evening a fire occurred in the railway siding near the passenger station. It is supposed that a spark from one of the passing engines set fire to a large quantity of hay. Considerable damage was done. The Kidderminster fire engine was sent for and some of the wounded soldiers who are being cared for in the village assisted in the endeavour to put out the fire.

Stoulton Estate: The most important sale of property which has taken place in Worcester for many years was held on Wednesday, when Messrs. Bentley, Hobbs, and Mytton, by direction of Lord Somers, submitted the Stoulton Estate to auction. The sale commenced at 11 and the Star Hotel assembly room was crowded with tenants and others, a great amount of public interest being taken in the sale. The estate comprised 2,800 acres, and the property was divided into 80 lots. The total amount realised was over £71,000.

Memorial to an Old Vigornian: A brass memorial tablet has been place in the College Hall by the officers and men of the Royal Naval Sea plane bases at Devon and Dunkirk in memory of Flight Sub-Lieut. Francis Arthur Revers Malet, O.V., who died flying while on active service off the Belgian Coast on Nov. 12, 1916.

Information researched by The Worcestershire World War 100 team