Key dates over January 1918
Lives lost on this day: 2
4th January 1918 - Pershore footballer killed
Rolling casualty count: 8443
1st Batt: Batt moved to junction camp and provided working parties. 1 OR was wounded. 2nd Batt: Batt ready to move to Potije area.
3rd Batt: batt relieved by the 9th Loyal north Lancs and moved to Brigade Reserve at No.7 Camp.
4th Batt: batt Marched 12 miles to Moringhem, stopping at Lumbres for dinner en route. HQ and W Coy in the village, X and Y in Petit Difques and Y Coy in Grand Difques 2/7th Batt: More Coy and specialist training, plus firing on the Range for the Batt.
2nd Lt ES Pearse reported for duty from the 7th Reserve. Reinforcements of 17 OR, (1 from 2/8th Worcs) joined the Batt.
10th Batt: A draft of 6 OR joined the Batt.
Yeomanry/Cavalry: The Brigade rode to Esdud which was formerly called Ashdod.
A Pershore Footballer: One of the latest who is reported to have been killed in action is Corpl. Arthur Mayo. His Company Commander, in a letter of sympathe to Mr. Mayo, who lives at the Old Turnpike House, in Bridge Street, said that the Corporal was a most reliable soldier, and an expert with the Lewis gun. He was with a few men on outpost duty, when a shell exploded on the edge of his position, causing wounds, from which he died shortly afterwards. The Captain added that he would be much missed by the Company. Corpl. Mayo was attached to the staff at the Pershore Post Office, and three of his colleagues were killed before him, while one is a prisoner of war. Corpl. Mayo was home on furlough a short time ago, and met his death within a week of his return. He was good at most kinds of sport, and an excellent footballer.
Death on Service: Pte. E. Shearon (better known as “Boxer Davis”), South Staffs. Regiment, has died in a Bombay hospital from heart failure. His wife lives at 14, Powick Lane, Worcester.
Information researched by The Worcestershire World War 100 team
- L/Sgt. Francis George Cubberley 13039 - 1st Bn Worcs Reg
- Pte. Walter Reece 115349 - Royal Army Medical Corps