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Lives lost on this day: 11

21st August 1917 - LOCAL WAR HONOURS

Rolling casualty count: 7244

War Front:

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.

Home Front:

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