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Key dates over December 1917

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Lives lost on this day: 3

7th December 1917 - Private Dancox V.C. - Field Post-Card Received

Rolling casualty count: 8364

War Front:

2nd Batt: Day spent in general cleaning of clothing and equipment.

4th Batt: There was a kit inspection and overhauling of equipment, also a billet inspection. The drums beat a retreat. 2nd Lt RS Thomas was appointed Intelligence Officer. A draft of 39 other ranks arrived.

2/7th Batt: Batt provided working parties for trench roads.

10th Batt: Batt moved by train and route march to Berles.

Yeomanry/Cavalry: The first rains brought many flowers in patches of soil between the rocks but rain and cold was now the enemy!

Home Front:

City Infant Death Rate – Medical Officer and an “Ideal Figure” – The report of the Medical Officer for the third quarter of the year 1917 states:- “It has been a somewhat damp and cool three months, but it has been a healthy period. The number of deaths gives a death rate of only 8.6 per 1,000 and the infant death rate was only 40 per 1,000 births, which is a near approach to an ideal figure.

Private Dancox V.C. Field Post-Card Received – Mrs Dancox, who used to receive letters regularly each week from her husband, has not received one for five weeks, but apparently he is all right because he sent a field postcard which arrived yesterday, and stating that he is well. The letter was written on November 29th and the printed portion not erased reads: “I am quite well, letters follow at first opportunity”.

Information researched by The Worcestershire World War 100 team