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Key dates over August 1917

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Lives lost on this day: 9


Rolling casualty count: 7253

War Front:

1st Batt: Batt billeted at Caestre to reorganise and rest. 5 other ranks joined from Base.

2nd Batt: The CO reconnoitred the high dune land near Coxyde in preparation for a scheme with all officers and NCOs.

4th Batt: A 3rd post was established over the Broenbeek Stream.

2/7th Batt: Batt moved back to the support line at Wieltje.

2/8th Batt: Batt in camp, prepared to leave at 1 hours’ notice to go back to the line. The enemy shelled the camp and Capt Godsall went to the casualty Clearing Station.

10th Batt: Batt moved to billets at Escouelles and Surques.

Yeomanry/Cavalry: One Jordan Crossing had all the growth of vegetation cut away and it was named Wilson`s Post. One Squadron pushed a detachment of troops out to Kabr Fendi el Faiz, which was an isolated Sheik`s tomb.

Home Front:

DROWNED NEAR MALVERN LINK GAS WORKS – Hay Trusser Found in Pool – An inquest was held at the Elms Farm, Lower Howsell near Malvern Council’s Gas Works with reference to the death of Albert Summers, 53, a hay trusser, of Bastonford, who was found drowned on Wednesday, the 15th inst., in a pool. Mrs Summers, widow of the deceased, said that her husband had been fairly well lately, but at times suffered with his head. Fourteen years ago he fell through a trap door at Mr Leake’s hop kilns and since then, when the weather changed, suffered with his head. He was no trouble and was cheerful. She had never heard him threaten to put an end to his life.

MARTLEY COUNCIL AND GUARDIANS – Coal Supply for the Poor – At a meeting on Friday last; Mr Lord alluded to the question of coal supplies for the poorer classes of people in the country districts. He said that it had occurred to him that as a Council they should take steps to provide supplies in their district. They had a tractor that could be used for comparatively small cost. He thought perhaps they could get coal reserved for them at Pensax and form depots throughout the district.

Information researched by The Worcestershire World War 100 team