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Lives lost on this day: 4

22nd September 1917 - Fatality at Worcester Works

Rolling casualty count: 7578

War Front:

2nd Batt: The personnel detached as Divisional Reserve marched to the Brigade Depot at Berthen.

4th Batt: Batt held the left of the Divisional Front, which was from the railway line north east of Langemarke to Brienne House. 2 Coys were in the Front line, 2 in support and on our right was the165th Regiment D`Infanterie. There was heavy shelling from 7-8pm by machine guns and snipers were active.

2/8th Batt: Officers visited the Front Line at Greenland Hill Sector.

10th Batt: Batt marched to the Staging Area Camp for breakfast, then to camp at Fermoy Farm at Locre, arriving at noon.

Home Front:

Local Notes: The report for the year 1916 of the Inspector General in Bankruptcy shows that in England and Wales the total number of bankruptcies was 1,557 against 4,111 in 1907, and the total of deeds of arrangements 1,050 against 3,488. The number of failures was a reduction of more than one-third compared with the number in the year 1915 and there was a substantial decline in the estimated liabilities, assets and loss to creditors. The number of failures in local Courts was as follows: - Dudley 2, Hereford 3, Kidderminster 0, Stourport 4, Worcester 3.

The Trinity Ordination for the Diocese of Worcester was held on Friday at the Parish Church, Kidderminster. Owing to the regulation of the Bishop that no men who are fit for military service shall be ordained there was only one ordained, F. Guy Baring, B.A., of Emmanuel College, Cambridge and Cuddeston Theological College, who was ordained deacon and licensed to the Curacy of Kidderminster. Bishop Mylne officiated in the absence of the Bishop of Worcester and the sermon was preached by the Rev. Canon Sladon, Vicar of Kidderminster.

The adjourned public meeting to consider the question of raising, at the request of the Lord Lieutenant of the County and in conjunction with the Upton-on-Severn Branch of the National Farmers’ Union, a fund on behalf of the Worcestershire Prisoners of War, was held in the Drill Hall on Thursday evening.

Fatality at Worcester Works: A young man named Herbert Nott, aged 25, of The Moors, the son of a soldier now abroad was fatally injured following his occupation as a stamper at Messrs. Heenan and Froude’s factory. He was caught in the overhead machinery while in motion by some of his clothing and was whirled round the shafting and received severe injuries before the machinery could be stopped. He was attended by Drs. Pollard and Bennett and was removed to Worcester Infirmary at 6.45, but his case was hopeless from the first and he expired about three hours later.

Sec.-Lieut. J. S. Painter, 7th Worcestershire Battalion, attached to the Norfolk Regiment, is seriously ill and has been admitted to hospital in Cairo. He is the eldest son of Mrs. J. Painter and the late Mr. J. Painter and a grandson of Mrs. John Sigley, of Barbourne. Sec.-Lieut. Painter went to France in March, 1915, as a private and by efficiency as a soldier gained promotion to the rank of Sergeant. He was gassed on 19th July 1916, on the Somme and returned home to recuperate. While in England he was granted a commission and afterwards was sent to Palestine. His relatives anxiously await news of his condition.

Viscount Deerhurst opened the second day’s proceedings of the fete held in Perdiswell Park in aid of the Mayor’s fund for providing homes for disabled soldiers and sailors. In declaring the fete open he said they must remember what it was for. They must never forget those men who had gone out to fight for their country to save us in England from the horrors of invasion and in their patriotism and the performance of their duty had been so disabled that it would be necessary to provide for them in future, homes such as the Mayor proposed to provide. They must remember to do their duty by helping to provide those homes. England must never leave these men unprovided for because they had helped to save England and civilisation (Applause).

Worcester Great Fair, its Origin and History: Worcester Great Fair, which was held on Wednesday, is one of the old statute fairs, being probably one of four granted to the city under the charter of Philip and Mary in 1554. Green, the historian, states that five annual fairs were held at Worcester – on the day before Palm Sunday, the Saturday in Easter week, the 15th of August, the 19th September and the first Monday in December. Early in Elizabeth’s reign the Great Fair was held alternately at the Grass Cross and at St. Helen’s and a number of other fairs continued to be held annually until the early days of last century. Only the Great Fair now survives.

Information researched by The Worcestershire World War 100 team