Key dates over August 1917
Lives lost on this day: 11
21st August 1917 - LOCAL WAR HONOURS
Rolling casualty count: 7244
1st Batt: The C in Chief inspected the Division on parade, joined by the 2nd Australian corps. GOC 24th Infantry Brigade inspected the newly joined draft and the 10 officers who joined.
3rd Batt: Batt marched to Dominion Camp relieving the 1/24 Batt, London Reg of the 47th Division.
4th Batt: The Front Line was heavily shelled in the day and when it was dark, 2 Coys were relieved by supporting Coys. Another post was put over the Broenbeek Stream.
1/8th Batt: Batt moved to Reigersburg Camp.
2/8th Batt: At night another line was made in front of our new line. Relief by the 2/1Bucks Reg on the left and returned to Ypres North Camp. During pm, the camp was shelled by heavy gun shells coming in pairs at about hourly intervals, causing 1 man to be killed and 6 wounded.
10th Batt: Batt paraded under the Adjutant from 7am to 7.40 am. In pm the Divisional Pt to Pt Races were held.
Yeomanry/Cavalry: The bridges over the Jordan at El Henu were a mile apart and were defended by a semi-circle of posts well wired in.
COUNTY VOLUNTEER FORCE – More Men Wanted – A meeting of the Volunteer Regiment Committee of the County Territorial Association was held on Saturday, regarding the strength of the Regiment. The Chairman reported that he had sent letters to the Tribunals, the Mayors of Boroughs and the Chairman of the Urban and Rural District Councils and that the response had not been very satisfactory. The Lord Lieutenant stated that it had been brought to his notice how important it was that each Battalion should be up to strength and ready to take the field if required.
LOCAL WAR HONOURS – Military Cross and Bar – Lieut. William Prescott M.C., Worcestershire Regt. - Although knocked down and badly shaken by a shell and later, shot through the arm, he led an attack with the greatest courage and determination and set a fine example to all ranks with him. Lieut. Prescott was awarded the Military Cross in May this year and was also mentioned in Dispatches that month.
Information researched by The Worcestershire World War 100 team
- Pte. William Davis 260267 - 2/8th Bn Worcs Reg
- Pte. Frederick Deeming 263154 - 2/8th Bn Worcs Reg
- Pte. Walter Hazell 260336 - 2/8th Bn Worcs Reg
- L/Cpl. Thomas Henry Jones 241659 - 1/8th Bn Worcs Reg
- Pte. William Charles Staples 260142 - 1/8th Bn Worcs Reg
- Pte. James John Tonks 26814 - 4th Bn Worcs Reg
- Pte. John Barber M2/132598 - Army Service Corps
- L/Cpl. Alfred Danks 22312 - Manchester Regiment
- Gunner Harold Stooke 172951 - Royal Field Artillery
- Sgt. William Watts 14863 - Lancashire Fusiliers
- Sgt. William Lionel Hughes 17326 - Somerset Light Infantry