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Lives lost on this day: 4

10th September 1917 - County Police Court

Rolling casualty count: 7492

War Front:

2nd Batt: More practice on the Range and each Coy fired a snap shooting and running man practice. The baths at Eperlecques were allotted to the Batt.

3rd Batt: Batt marched to camp near Caestre.

4th Batt: In am Z Coy gave a demonstration of taking a strong point by a turning outflank.

2/7th Batt: Inter-Batt relief at night with A and D to Front Line and B and C to support. 5 other ranks were wounded and 5 were gassed. Capt WF Smellie, 2nd Lts MS Gadsby and WN Twist and 28 other ranks went to hospital.

10th Batt: Batt moved to another Camp.

Home Front:

A mass meeting of Worcestershire farmers was held at the Corn Exchange today to protest against the Meat Prices Order. Lord Coventry, who presided, said that farmers could not produce beef at 60s. per cwt. next January and he urged that it was in the national interest that farmers should be encouraged to produce as much meat as possible. A resolution was carried unanimously that the price should be increased from 60s. to 70s. for the first four months of next year and stating that if the Order were adhered to many farmers would be compelled to give up winter feeding and there would be a shortage of meat in the Spring.

County Police Court: Absentee: John Allcott, Wichenford, was charged with being an absentee from the Royal Marine Light Infantry. P.C. Hunt said that he found defendant working on a farm at Wichenford. Inspector Price said that the defendant had been sent with a working party to the farm and should have returned to his regiment on Saturday week. The farmer by whom defendant was employed had been refused an extension of leave for the man. Remanded to await the escort.

Further particulars are available of the fire which occurred on the property of Mr. John Palmer, Woodhall Farm, Kempsey. The Norwich Union Fire Brigade was called out at 11.30 on Friday morning and returned at 7.45 on Saturday evening. The task before the Brigade was very arduous, as two 30-ton ricks of clover and hay, surrounded by timbered and thatched buildings, had caught fire.The efforts of the Brigade were mainly directed in saving the stables, cart-houses and pigsties, which, being thatched and standing very near the ricks, were also in danger of being burnt. As it was, one cart-house caught fire and had to be extinguished, but though the damage was great, much of the ricks have been saved.

Pte. William E. Cook, Worcestershire Regiment, reported died of wounds on August 18th, is the second son of Mr. and Mrs. John Cook, of Asylum Lane, Henwick Road. He was a scholar at St. John’s Boys’ School, and previous to the war was employed at the Royal Porcelain Works. He was sent to France in September last year. He was wounded within a few weeks, but remained there and spent the winter in the trenches. He was again wounded in an advance in the Sprint, but after a few weeks’ convalescence was again able to take his place in the firing line. Pte. Cook was for over seven years an All Saints’ choir boy and a member of the Loyal St. John’s Lodge Oddfellows, M.U.

Pte. George Carey, elder son of Mrs. Carey, of 31, Barbourne Lane, previously wounded, died on Sept. 5. Hopes had been entertained of his recovery, because in letters home and to his wife since he was wounded he had said that he felt better.

Collision on the Cross: At 11.15 this morning, Pte. Cecil Genn, R.E., of Worcester, collided with Pte. Albert Benger, 20, Happy Land North. Neither sustained any injuries, but the motor-cycle was slightly damaged and the Engineer’s clothes were torn.

City Police Court: Kathleen Davey, 13, Upper Park Street, was charged with ill-treating her child. Mr. Coombs said that the case had been adjourned for a fortnight, in order to see if the child, a boy, could be got into a Naval College at Greenwich. The application had been sent to Greenwich, but no reply had been received. In the meantime the boy had broken away from the Cottage Homes and was now at his own home.

Information researched by The Worcestershire World War 100 team