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Key dates over July 1917

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Lives lost on this day: 4

10th July 1917 - Theft of Cabbages

Rolling casualty count: 6745

War Front:

1st Batt: Batt training with Lewis guns and bombing.

2nd Batt: Men bathed before breakfast and then marched to the training ground near Bois de Cavillon at 9.15am and returned at 1.15pm.

3rd Batt: Batt in the trenches preparing for the forthcoming offensives. The enemy had apparently withdrawn behind the ridge. Artillery fire on both sides was intensive but the enemy fire landed on parts of the evacuated trenches in front of the present front line.

2/7th Batt: It was Divisional HQ Sports. The result of the Platoon Competition was 1st 2/5th Glos, 2nd 2/7th Warwicks and 3rd 2/7th Worcs. 14 other ranks transferred to the Labour Corps.

1/8th Batt: Lt CB Brown joined the Batt for duty and was appointed Intelligence Officer.

10th Batt: Batt went back to Irish House in Divisional Reserve.

Yeomanry/Cavalry: Capt Noel Pearson returned to the Reg after a period in England, during which the Ministry of Munitions tried to secure his services. He took over the command of C Squadron.

Home Front:

To the Editor: Sugar for Babies: Sir, - Will you allow me to use your columns for announcing, to those who were kind enough to send sugar for babies last week, that though there was not enough to give to all who came to the Baby Review on July 5, their gifts form a valuable store, from which special cases of delicate infants are being supplied, on the order of the Assistant Medical Officer of Health, who has seen them at the centre. With hearty thanks to the kind donors, I am faithfully yours, James M. Wilson, President Infant Health Society.

Soldiers on the Land: The Press Association says the military authorities have issued instructions that no soldiers who are engaged on agricultural work are to be withdrawn from the land until further notice. This instruction applies to all the classes of soldiers who have been made available for agricultural work.

Vicar of St. Paul’s: The Rev. G.A. Studdert Kennedy made one of his welcome appearances among his people on Monday and spoke to a keenly appreciative audience about his recent experiences at the Front. He has evidently seen more of the horrors of war during the last few months than he cares to speak about.

Rick Fire: At 6.13 this morning the hay ricks at late Grainger’s Works, St. Martin’s Gate, were found to be on fire. The Police Fire Brigade, under the command of the Chief Constable (Mr. T.W. Byrne), turned out in three minutes and on arrival found some bales of hay alight. A tent under which they were stored and a quantity of hay were damaged. The fire was quickly got under, the Brigade returning at 7.12 am.

Theft of Cabbages: Henry Smith, 2 Court, Britannia Road, Worcester, was charged with stealing growing plants. P.S. Millar said defendant, who went round the Ombersley district with papers, went into a field belonging to Mr. W. Oakey and cut three cabbages. He put them in his truck. Fined 15s.

Youth’s Theft: Cecil H.R. Millington, a youth, 11 Henry Street, Worcester, who had been charged with stealing a silver watch, now came before the Magistrates for judgement. The case had been adjourned in order that defendant might be given an opportunity to see if he could get into the Army. He had failed to do that and he was now ordered to pay 15s. and was bound over.

Information researched by The Worcestershire World War 100 team