Key dates over August 1917
Lives lost on this day: 22
2nd August 1917 - CHURCH LADS’ BRIGADE
Rolling casualty count: 6963
1st Batt: Divisional Commander of 8th Div visited Batt at Devonshire Camp.
2nd Batt: “A” Coy arrived. Another wet day spent clearing up and inspections.
4th Batt: Wet again. Batt route march in pm.
2/8th Batt: Still very wet. Capt Cliff proceeded to Etaples as a Draft Conducting Officer. 2nd Lt Player joined the Batt.
CHURCH LADS’ BRIGADE “Languishing” Says the Bishop – The Bishop writes “it has been a matter of great regret that the C.L.B. has languished in the Diocese of Worcester. Possibly I am to blame myself for not pressing it sufficiently, but in view of other organisations it has not been easy”. The Regimental Chaplain writes: “During the present war the Church Lads’ Brigade has more than justified its existence, but in this diocese it is moribund. In all Worcestershire there are but two companies, Malvern and St Peter’s (Worcester) and the lack of discipline among growing boys is becoming more and more apparent.
TO THE EDITOR – WORCESTERSHIRE REGIMENTAL COMFORTS FUND – Sir, I hope you will be good enough to allow me space in your columns to draw the attention of residents in this county to a fund which has been doing good work for some time past. Hitherto there has been no occasion to ask publicly for assistance, but the time has arrived when a first appeal is justified. Major Reddie of the Worcestershire Comforts Fund writes to me: There are 406 prisoners of war on our books and the number increases; 50 have been added in the past month alone. Every prisoner in Germany is provided with three food parcels per fortnight sent from home and also a weekly parcel of bread from Berne, Switzerland. Every prisoner in Turkey is provided with one parcel per fortnight and a 10s postal order. Up till now, apart from our assured income, our Fund has been maintained by donations, collections in churches, sales, whist drives etc. A large sum of money should be raised at once and in order that we lose no time in making a start, I shall be greatly obliged if sympathisers attend a preliminary meeting at the Shirehall on Wednesday 8th August at 3.45pm. Yours etc., COVENTRY
Information researched by The Worcestershire World War 100 team
- Pte. John Bright 21919 - 3rd Bn Worcs Reg
- Pte. Herbert Ernest Cleaves 30595 - 3rd Bn Worcs Reg
- L/Cpl. Walter Curnock 35412 - 3rd Bn Worcs Reg
- L/Cpl. Joseph Herbert Davies 18209 - 3rd Bn Worcs Reg
- Pte. Charlie Fernes Elston 41402 - 3rd Bn Worcs Reg
- Pte. Thomas Hill 16787 - 3rd Bn Worcs Reg
- Pte. Edwin Hooper 37604 - 3rd Bn Worcs Reg
- Pte. Joseph Hughes 30994 - 3rd Bn Worcs Reg
- Pte. Nathaniel Jacobs 40241 - 3rd Bn Worcs Reg
- Pte. George Rupert Orme 33341 - 3rd Bn Worcs Reg
- Pte. Edward Riley 27925 - 3rd Bn Worcs Reg
- Pte. George Smith 38466 - 3rd Bn Worcs Reg
- Pte. Frank Snook 41412 - 3rd Bn Worcs Reg
- L/Cpl. Albert Stooke 30862 - 3rd Bn Worcs Reg
- Pte. Francis Walker 30317 - 3rd Bn Worcs Reg
- Pte. George Williams 16587 - 3rd Bn Worcs Reg
- Gunner Samuel John Giles 92430 - Royal Field Artillery
- Pte. Joseph Coates 60170 - The Royal Welsh (Welch) Fusiliers
- Pte. George Edward Hollington 36653 - Princess Charlotte of Wales's (Royal Berkshire) Regiment
- Gunner Cyril Lewis Purnell 110685 - Royal Garrison Artillery
- Gunner Joseph Skidmore 77005 - Royal Field Artillery
- Pte. Howard Portman 55547 - Welsh Regiment