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Key dates over September 1917

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Lives lost on this day: 2

19th September 1917 - Worcester Officer’s Promotion

Rolling casualty count: 7512

War Front:

1st Batt: Batt providing working parties, training and improving the camp. Weather still fine. 5 other ranks Joined.

2nd Batt: At 2pm the Batt marched to Chippewa Camp near La Clytte. It was in good repair.

2/7th Batt: Men training and having baths. The Military Cross was awarded to 2nd Lt Beaman.

1/8th Batt: Brigade attack practice in training area.

2/8th Batt: Batt marched to Cassel Station and entrained for Arras at 4.20pm. Batt then marched to camp at Symencourt arriving during the night.

10th Batt:” platoons of B Coy, A and C Coys plus Batt HQ moved to the assembly area for the attack at Zero 1.

Home Front:

Worcester Officer’s Promotion: Lieut. W. Day, who was given a commission from the Worcester Regiment, had posted to the Leicestershire Regiment, has been promoted to a captaincy. Capt. Day is a son of Mr. and Mrs. Day, of Moor Street. He has served 18 years in the Army. Mr. and Mrs. Day’s youngest son, Gunner T. Day, has served 18 months in France, and in June was sent home suffering from trench fever. He is expecting to go to the front again shortly.

Transfer: The license of the Feathers’ Inn, Tything, was temporarily transferred from John Robinson to Walter James Whitely. Mr. Maund said that Mr. Whiteley is a painter at the Porcelain Works. He had an excellent character, and was going to continue at the works, his wife managing the business in the day time and he in the evening. Mr. Robinson is in France and his wife has been carrying on the business. It was now found desirable to transfer the business to another manager.

Worcestershire and the War: Co.-Sergt.-Major Travell, who was the drill instructor of the Campden Territorials at the outbreak of war, was decorated with the Military Medal by the King, at Buckingham Palace: “For conspicuous gallantry in action. He displayed great courage and coolness during the withdrawal of his company, which had lost most of its officers through heavy rifle and shell fire. He was largely responsible for the steady withdrawal.”

Information researched by The Worcestershire World War 100 team