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Key dates over August 1917

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Lives lost on this day: 23

1st August 1917 - Heavy rain falls across the Ypres battlefields for almost the whole month, preventing any progess

Rolling casualty count: 6941

War Front:

1st Batt: Batt held the defensive flank in very bad conditions as it had rained all day. Relieved pm by 3rd Worcs Reg and returned to Devonshire Camp.

2nd Batt: Batt arrived at Dunquerque and marched via Telequem to Uxem, reaching crowded billets at 2pm. “A” Coy entrained at Longpre at 2pm.

3rd Batt: Batt moved to Bellewarde Ridge and relieved the 1st Batt Worcs Reg in support to post-line held by the 7th Light Brigade along the Westhoek Ridge. Shelling was very heavy.

4th Batt: Batt in Crombeke Camp. Weather very wet so no parades.

1/8th Batt: Batt in Roobart camp in heavy rain making training impossible

2/7th Batt: Batt at Eringhem in training.

2/8th Batt: Batt in billets at Zeggars Capell. Weather very wet so no training.

10th Batt: Batt at Kemmel Shelters cleaning up.

Home Front:

FOR SAILORS AND SOLDIERS – In Aid of Worcester Mayor’s Fund – On Tuesday afternoon Mrs J Eales organised a miscellaneous sale, a whist drive and various competitions in aid of the Mayor of Worcester’s fund for providing homes for disabled soldiers and sailors and Mrs Robert Allen of Droitwich Road, lent her gardens for the purpose. A considerable number attended and brisk business was done throughout the afternoon and evening at stalls which were laden with fancy work, cakes, flowers and fruit.

THE TRIBUNALS WORCESTER – The Military applied for a review of the certificate of Sidney Bailey (37) Sidbury, wholesale grocer and provision merchant, who was originally granted an exemption because he was managing the business for himself and his brother, the latter being an invalid. It was stated that the brother’s health was worse and he had to go into a hospital in Birmingham. The Tribunal confirmed the certificate so long as Bailey remained in his present medical capacity.

Information researched by the Worcestershire World War 100 team