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Key dates over August 1917

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Lives lost on this day: 128


Rolling casualty count: 7417

War Front:

1st Batt: Weather very bad and situation quiet. 1 other rank killed and 2 wounded.

2nd Batt: Move orders were received at 8am and Batt went back to Ghyvelde, men marching well.

4th Batt: Batt marched to Proven Nozaren and camped in Piccadilly camp in tents and bivouacs.

2/7th Batt: Brigade attacked but it had a failure. Batt relieved part of Worcs Reg in the Front line. Patrols went out under 2nd Lts Cook and Beaman. 2nd Lt Cook was killed and also 20 other ranks.

1/8th Batt: Batt HQ moved to Maison du Hibou The advance on the right was checked as Springfield was not taken due to heavy shelling and machine-gun fire. No help came from the tanks which started late and made little progress. At 1.55pm a barrage opened up and men advanced, firing at the enemy who could be seen in the shell hole positions. Capt Tullidge, 2nd Lts Hornby and JC Hemingway were killed, 2nd Lts Wilkes, Myhill and Clarke were wounded.

2/8th Batt: Before daybreak, A, B and C Coys pushed up and formed up in their marks preparatory to attacking man by man and remained hidden in shell holes. Rain very heavy. At 1.55pm our barrage started and Batt advanced. The left flank got on well but the centre did not get forward. The party for Gallipoli got on well but not the Batt on their right. The men withdrew in good order to Somme Line Reserve and the Coy pushed forward to keep the enemy back. 35 other ranks were killed and 99 wounded with 4 missing.

10th Batt: All Coys in the range at various times and C Coy won the Brigade Firing Competition.

Yeomanry /Cavalry: The Reg began to suffer with malaria and men were fast disappearing to hospital.

Home Front:

NEW RECTOR OF ST CLEMENTS – Institution by Bishop of Worcester - The Rev. Wilfred Huntley Neales M.A., late Vicar of St Colomb Minor with Newquay St Michael, was on Thursday evening in the presence of a large congregation, instituted by the Bishop of Worcester to the rectory of St Clement's’ Worcester

GARDEN PARTY AT LITTLE MALVERN – In Aid of War Work and St Wulstan’s Schools – On Tuesday a successful garden party was held in the grounds of Kirkland House, Little Malvern, by kind permission of Miss McKeever in aid of the funds of the Malvern Wells Women’s War Work and St. Wulstan’s Schools. Many wounded soldiers were entertained. From the grounds magnificent views of the Severn Valley were obtained and no fault could be found with the weather.

Information researched by The Worcestershire World War 100 team