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Key dates over January 1918

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Lives lost on this day: 1

17th January 1918 - No memorial till the end of the War - Coventry

Rolling casualty count: 8467

War Front:

1st Batt: Batt marched at 4.30pm to St Jean station and entrained for Poperinghe and billeted there. 1officer joined Batt.

2nd Batt: Batt relieved the 5th Scottish rifles in support at Hamburg.

3rd Batt: The trenches are now impassable and all traffic has to go over the open ground.

4th Batt: Batt marched to Moninghem at 7.30am and entrained at Wizernes for Brandhoek. Men went to B Camp for the night and heavy snow fell.

2/7th Batt: 2Lt R Jordan admitted to hospital sick.

10th batt: Batt proceeded to the Line in relief of the 8th Glos. 1 OR was wounded

Home Front:

To the Editor: Sir,- As many enquiries reach me on the subject of a County War Memorial, I should be grateful if you would kindly find space in your columns to announce that this matter has been discussed by a Committee called by me, who decided that no action should be taken till the end of the War. Yours faithfully, COVENTRY, Lord Lieutenant, County of Worcester, Croom Court.

This morning, while a young woman named Florence Tyler (24), of 81, Northfield Street, was walking on the pavement outside the Masonic Hall, in St. Nicholas Street, a large piece of the spouting and much snow fell upon her. Her head was cut and bled considerably. P.C. Lawley, who was on duty at Angel Street, took her into the Co-operative drapery department, and, after bandaging her head, conveyed her in a cab to the Infirmary, where she was detained.

The meat shortage was worse this week, on Monday the beef supplies were altogether insufficient. The result is that in comparatively few shops in the city there has been any “open” sale. There were large crowds in the Shambles early this morning, but most of them were disappointed…One butcher had decided not to open his shop this morning, but the insistent kicking at his shop door compelled him to open. In the meantime he had cut up two sheep, and on opening the shop quickly sold the whole of them…We understand that the butchers are considering how best a scheme of more equal distribution can be secured.

Following the change in the weather which set in on Wednesday evening the temperature dropped until it touched 20 degrees (12 of frost) during the night. Then the wind changed, and further snow fell, to be followed by another thaw this morning. Assisted by military labour the Streets Department cleared the main streets of the city expeditiously this morning. The school attendance was naturally, so limited on Wednesday that most of the schools had to be closed. All the trams were late in starting this morning, and, at about 10.30, in Foregate Street, five were held up by the snow. The first could not pass the pointes, and so kept the others back, but eventually the lines were cleard. The local ‘bus service is entirely suspended.

Information researched by The Worcestershire World War 100 team