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Lives lost on this day: 42


Rolling casualty count: 7176

War Front:

1st Batt: Batt moved into the Black Line and relieved the 2nd Batt Scottish Rifles.

15 other ranks were killed and 37 wounded.

2nd Batt: Capt Huntindon lectured on bayonet fighting during am, The minimum Reserve left for the Depot. All preparations were made for the move on the following day.

4th Batt: Batt relieved by the 1st Royal Dublin Fusiliers, who spent the day in the old German trenches. There was heavy shelling and 2nd Lt CCO Newcombe was killed and 18 other ranks were casualties.

2/7th Batt: Batt prepared to move up to trenches and support trenches in Wieltje during the evening, and relieved 2/8th Worcs Reg in Rught Support. The CO`s horse was killed under him.

1/8th Batt: C and D Coys relieved the 7th Worcs in the Line, C Coy taking over the front line east of Steenbeek Valley. Tanks left St Julien, with D Coy in support. Batt HQ now in Albert.

2/8th Batt: Batt relieved the 10th RIR in the support trenches and then relieved the 9th RIR in the front line. Batt HQ now at Uhlan Farm. The trench strength now 584.

Home Front:

DEAN OF WORCESTER AND RELIGIOUS INSTRUCTION – The Dean of Worcester speaking on “religious teaching in the schools” said educationalists were realising that religious instruction was absolutely essential to nobility of character and national welfare. Religious instruction aimed at imparting the conviction that this was a God-ordered world and that there was some intelligent power behind the scientific explanation of the universe. If religion was to mould the lives and influence the wills of the young, it had to be made to appeal to their imagination, present itself as a thing to be desired and something worthy of the highest effort.

SUGAR FOR PRESERVES – THREE WORCESTER PROSECUTIONS – Substantial Penalties – At the City Police Court today, three citizens were summoned for unlawfully making a false application in respect of sugar issued by the Sugar Commission and further with acquiring sugar other than for the purpose of which it was issued.

Information researched by The Worcestershire World War 100 team