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Key dates over July 1917

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Lives lost on this day: 2

26th July 1917 - Wounded Four Times

Rolling casualty count: 6813

War Front:

1st Batt: Batt moved to Halfway House at 10pm. Four other ranks were wounded.

2nd Batt: A Batt Rifle meeting was held and the competitions were, grouping, drop-shooting, rapid firing and a team competition involving 5 Lewis Guns, rifle grenades and sniping.

4th Batt: Batt in Coy training and classes. There was a demonstration of wire-cutting. B Coy moved to Caribou Camp at 4 pm

2/7th Batt: The Batt, including Transport, marched to Petithouvin and entrained to Esquebecque and then marched to Eringhem and billeted there.

2/8th Batt: A Coy joined the rest of the Batt at Zeggarscapel where men cleaned up and rested.

Home Front:

Cricket Club Secretary’s Commission: Sec - Lieut. R.C.Ryder, I.A.R., of the Ghurkhas Rifles, has been gazetted this week Lieutenant, promotion ante-dated July 25th 1916. After upwards of two years spent in India, principally in the N.W. frontier province and the Punjab. Lieut. Ryder has been for a few months in Mesopotamia. At the outbreak of war Lieut. Ryder was Secretary of the Worcestershire County Cricket Club.

Wounded Four Times: Mr. George Tolley, Worcester Road, Droitwich, has been officially notified that his son, Lce.-Corpl. John Tolley, Worcestershire Regiment, was wounded by gunshot in the right arm on the 13th inst. and is now in hospital in France. This is the fourth time that Lce.-Corpl. Tolley has been wounded and he has also suffered from “trench feet,” dysentery and bronchitis.

To the Editor: The Barbourne Tip: Sir, This tip is a huge contagion breeding ground that should claim the immediate attention of the authorities. The rotten rubbish deposited here daily is forked over and spread out by the refuse sorters, to breed disease. What soil comes along is not used to forthwith cover the filthy stuff, but apparently, to form a garden top-bit and myriads of flies, crickets and other disease-carrying insects are adding their terrors to the stinking mess. The neighbourhood has stood it most patiently so far, but it is utterly past bearing any longer. If the Medical Officer and the Health Committee cannot deal with it, what good are they as guardians of health? It needs a heavy spraying of some insect-destroying agent, and at once – Yours faithfully, W.A. Firkin

Information researched by The Worcestershire World War 100 team