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Key dates over September 1917

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Lives lost on this day: 0

18th September 1917 - Bromyard women charged with obtaining a trench coat

Rolling casualty count: 7510

War Front:

1st Batt: Batt marched to Deo Seule camp situated at the cross roads of the Neuve-Eglise-Steenevorde Road and the main Bailleau Road. 2 other ranks joined.

4th Batt: There was a primary reconnoitre of the trenches to be attacked by the Batt.

2/7th Batt: Batt marched to Cassel Station and entrained at Arras. Batt marched to hutments at Simencourt.

2/8th Batt: Coy specialist training.

Military Medals were awarded to Cpl EH Jones, L Cpl JH Vickers, Cpl Portman, L Cpl EW Smith, Ptes JE Toms, A Grinnel, T Hacket, P Leace, J Voaden, G Williams, G Reynolds and JE Lewis.

10th Batt: Batt moved forward to the assembly area around Spoil Bank. D Coy remained in Camp. B was in the Front Line with 1 platoon in reserve. 7 other ranks wounded.

Home Front:

Lily Jessie Clark (17), of Bromyard, who appeared in military uniform, with a corporal’s stripe, was charged at Warwick with obtaining a trench coat, value 50s. from Foster Brothers by false pretences. Prisoner, who pleaded guilty, had represented that she was going to France next week, and that her officer had instructed her to get a waterproof coat. She said she was in the Army Veterinary Corps. and was at Budbrooke Barracks. She told Messrs. Foster’s manager that the cost of the coat was to be put down to Sergt. Major Hughes, at Budbrooke. Police Sergt. Pink said he arrested the prisoner at another tradesman’s where she had obtained property which had since been returned. He found the trench coat at a cottage at Whitnash, where the prisoner had billeted herself upon the owner. She was on probation at Hereford and was wanted for other offences at Brecon and Hereford. She was sentenced to three months’ hard labour.

Lifeboat Fund: Mr, Knowles of the London City and Midland Bank, who is the local Treasurer for the Lady Jellicoe Lifeboat Fund announces that £39 0s. 2d. has been collected. The envelopes were deposited in boxes placed in the Bank and at hotels.

Cpl. A.L. Baldwin, Worcestershires, has been awarded the Military Medal for gallantry and devotion to duty during operations on July 31, 1917, when he was wounded. He is one of the sons of Mr. and Mrs. Baldwin, of 2, Bowling Green Terrace, Worcester. He has been in the Army for seven years and was one of the original Expeditionary Force and was in the retreat from Mons. In a later battle he was wounded and returned to the front in January, 1915. He has just come home from hospital. Since hostilities commenced he has been absent from duty but ten weeks, occasioned by wounds. Mrs. Baldwin has three sons in the Army, two sons-in-law have been killed, a brother wounded and another brother is at present in France.

Information researched by The Worcestershire World War 100 team