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Key dates over August 1917

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Lives lost on this day: 18


Rolling casualty count: 7019

War Front:

2nd Batt: The Batt went for PT on the beach between Bray Dunes and La Panne. Men played leapfrog and the whole Batt bathed in the sea, returning to Camp at 1.30pm. A Batt team played the RAMC at cricket in the evening.

3rd Batt: The Coys on Bellewarde Ridge marched to Westhoek Ridge in support of the 13th Cheshire Reg who were taking part in an attack on the Blue Line.

At 4am the attack was launched provoking enemy artillery retaliation. At 7am the 74th Infantry brigade gained their objectives. Batt HQ and 2 remaining Coys moved into the right end of West Ridge. There were many casualties-Lt C Greenhilland Lt McKay were killled and Lt Randle was fatally wounded. 10 other ranks were killed and 41 wounded.

4th Batt: Coy training in marching on a compass bearing in artillery formation and extended order.

2/8th Batt: Batt practise trench to trench attack.

10th Batt: Batt cleaning up and training in saluting and the handling of arms.

Home Front:

AWARDED THE MILITARY CROSS – Friends of Captain W Gretton R.F.A., of Worcester will be pleased to learn he has been awarded the Military Cross; He has been at the front since January 1915.

SERIOUS MOTOR ACCIDENT AT MALVERN – On Wednesday afternoon, an accident of a serious nature occurred near the lower end of Graham Road, opposite the Link Common. Three men were riding in a Runabout motor car, which was smashed and the occupants badly injured. Dr Joshua, who, fortunately, was passing at the time, found two of the men laid out on the grass surrounded by a crowd, including Royal Engineers and wounded soldiers.

Information researched by The Worcestershire World War 100 team