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Key dates over November 1917

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Lives lost on this day: 43

30th November 1917 - Germans launch strong counter-attacks at Cambrai and recapture almost all the ground they had lost

Rolling casualty count: 8272

War Front:

1st Batt withdrew to Longuenesse for 3 weeks training

2nd Batt moved over Ridge to trenches outside ruins of Passchendaele village

3rd Batt Before dawn marched to front line trenches at La Bassee under enemy bombardment

4th Batt rushed to south of town where enemy troops launched surprise attack. Companies and platoons were fragmented but 88th Brigade fell back to hold the slopes of the Vacquerie Valley

Yeomanry moved to briefly to Akir. British Army now holds a line from the sea through Gaza, Beersheba, Jaffa, Ramleh and Ludd. Division rode into the mountains and dismounted near El Burj to continue march on foot as horses were taken back down the mountain.

2/7th and 2/8th arrived at Bapaume from Arras. Immediately bussed to positions at Havrincourt Wood to support he threatened front

Home Front:

Pte. Alfred Jeynes, of the Worcesters, whose home is at Bredon, has been awarded the Military Medal for gallantry in action. In the great advance in September he was wounded in the back and arm and whilst in this condition received the surrender of 33 prisoners.

Whist Drive: To aid a fund in connection with their Orphanage, the Worcester Buffaloes organised and held in the Co-operative Hall on Thursday evening, a very successful whist drive. There was a large attendance, and it was a matter of regret to the Committee that they could not accommodate all those who held tickets and as many as possible of those who desired to pay at the door. As it was, there were 256 players, all of whom seemed to spend a very happy time. There were 12 prizes offered. In addition, a competition for a box of cigars realised £3. 5s.

Information researched by The Worcestershire World War 100 team