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Key dates over August 1917

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Lives lost on this day: 6


Rolling casualty count: 7267

War Front:

1st Batt: Men went on buses at 3.45am and moved to Regina Camp, relieving the 2nd Auckland Batt.

2nd Batt: There was another practise attack on the dunes, this time in pouring rain. The attack and subsequent consolidation were successful.

4th Batt: Men had use of baths and had a general clean up.

2/7th Batt: I platoon of B Coy attacked Aisne house but was unsuccessful.

Yeomanry/Cavalry: Wadi Rameh was a wonderful place for game birds-partridge, bustards, chikaw and thousands of woodpigeons. There was also wild boar.

Home Front:

NATIONAL FARMERS’ UNION – County Executive Meeting – A demand to convene a meeting of all branches of the N.F.U. to protest in the strongest possible manner against the actions of the Food Controller and the Government in fixing the prices of meat, corn, hay etc., which actions had paralysed the efforts of those farmers who, at considerable risk to themselves, had been doing all in their power to produce more food.

SUICIDE AT POWICK ASYLUM – Strangulation with a Towel – The Jury returned a verdict of “Suicide whilst insane” at an inquest on a Powick Asylum inmate, Agnes Gould (43) at that institution this morning. Gould was admitted from Kidderminster Workhouse in October 1914, suffering from melancholia. She was depressed and believed when first admitted that she was being accused of being pregnant.

Information researched by The Worcestershire World War 100 team