Key dates over January 1918
Lives lost on this day: 2
1st January 1918 - Council supports Dancox widow fund
Rolling casualty count: 8434
1st Batt: Batt billeted in Drake camp and busy with training.
2nd Batt: Batt in billets at Winnezeele. There was a football match against HLI. Capt GJG Stoney rejoined Batt and took over as Second in Command . Major LC Richman DSO went to a Reinforcement Camp. Lt Col JC Nelson joined the Batt.
3rd Batt: Batt in Pronville Sector. Owing to a great shortage of officers, our usual offensive patrolling could not be carried out.
4th Batt: Batt in billets at Wambercourt, Gavron St Martin and St Martin. Inspection of Z and X Coys by the CO. W and Y Coys doing musketry on the range. There was revolver practice for officers on the range. Lt ER Smith took over as Acting Adjutant.
2/7th Batt: Batt in billets at Marcelcave in specialist and Coy training. Capt MS Bigwood, Reg QM W Humphries, and Sgt WH Sideway were mentioned in despatches in London Gazette of 18.12.17.
2/8th Batt: Batt in billets at Bayonvalere. There was a very hard frost.
10th Batt: Batt Batt in right sub-sector of 54th Brigade Front.
Yeomanry/Cavalry: The Reg was at El Burj. The horses arrived at 10am in a downpour. The brigade rode to Latron where everywhere was saturated.
14th Batt: These pioneers were still camped on the crest of Welsh Ridge, entrenching the new positions where the 63rd RN Division were holding the Line, having been driven back by the enemy.
The Late Pte. Dancox, V.C: At a meeting of the Corporation, on Tuesday, The General Purposes Committee recommend the Council to vote a sum of £50 as a contribution to a fund which the public are asked to raise for the benefit of Pte. Dancox’s widow and family. Ald. Cook, in moving this, expressed regret at the death of Pte. Dancox, and also that they had been deprived of the opportunity of welcoming him home to the city. They were proud that he had the honour of bringing the V.C. to the city of Worcester. They sincerely deplored his death, and expressed their sympathy with his wife and family.
New Year Honours: Sir George Newman, who has been made a K.C.B (Civil Division), in recognition of services rendered during the war, is the second son of the late Mr. and Mrs. H.S. Newman, of Buckfield, Leominster. His mother was the second daughter of the late Mr. Stanley Pumphrey, of Thornloe, Worcester. He has been Chief Medical Officer to the Board of Education since 1907; Chairman of the Ministry of Munitions Advisory Board since August, 1915. He was knighted on Jan. 1st, 1911.
Information researched by the Worcestershire World War 100 team
- Pte. Albert William Holland 36213 - 14th Bn Worcs Reg
- Pte. William Milne 47971 - 14th Bn Worcs Reg