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Key dates over August 1917

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Lives lost on this day: 7

15th August 1917 - COAL TO BE RATIONED

Rolling casualty count: 7069

War Front:

1st Batt: Batt moved to Esplanade in Ypres at 9.45pm, where Batt was in Divisional Reserve to the attack on the following am. Working parties were found to continue the duck board track.

2nd Batt: The Corps Machine Gun Officer lectured to officers of the Brigade in the Cinema at 12 noon. In pm there was a machine gun demonstration on the beach.

2/7th Batt: At 9.40 am the Batt left Eringhem and marched to Esquebeque and entrained for Houpoutre Station, Poperinghe. Batt stayed at camp N, Poperinghe. The transport proceeded to new area by road.

1/8th Batt: Batt moved to Reigersburg Camp. A and B Coys absorbed in finding auxiliary stretcher bearers, stragglers posts, prisoners` guards and escorts

2/8th Batt: At 5.30am the Batt marched to Esquebeque and entrained to Poperinghe, then marched to Branhoek area.

Home Front:

COAL TO BE RATIONED – Supply at Fixed Prices – After October 1st the country will be on coal rations. The allowance, according to the Household Coal Distribution Order, was issued by the Board of Trade.

LOCAL NEWS – Tractor Ploughing – This morning the “Overtime” Tractor Company gave a demonstration of ploughing on a field at Bromwich Lane, belonging to the Corporation and let to Mr Jones of the Lamp Tavern. The land, which is about six acres in extent, was broken up only last year and has grown a crop of peas. It is good light soil eminently suitable for tractor work. Two tractors were employed. They are 24hp and are run on paraffin. Two young men handled the tractors and did very good work, the furrows being clean and straight.

Information researched by The Worcestershire World War 100 team