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Key dates over February 1918

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Lives lost on this day: 0

25th February 1918 - Compulsory rationing

Rolling casualty count: 8520

War Front:

1st Batt: A hostile party attempted a raid on the right Front Line but was effectively dealt with by Lewis Guns and rifle fire. The whole of the C Coy Front was wired, with the exception of small gaps, in “double apron fence,” pattern. The support Coy at Wallamolen was used to improve the posts and also used as carrying parties. The Reserve Coy at Kron Prinz Farm was used for work under the RE on the Wallamolen Defences and for carrying rations. A draft of 520 OR joined Batt.

2nd Batt: Batt moved to Brigade Support at Seine, leaving Ypres at 5.30pm and arriving at 11.30pm

4th Batt: The draft of men from ASC were practised in handling of arms and musketry. Over 50% had no experience at all.

Home Front:

Compulsory rationing scheme introduced in London and southern Britain with stiff penalties for offenders.

LOCAL WAR HONOURS – Military Cross – Sec Lt. W Hall, Worcestershire Regt.” Near La Vacquerie on 3rd December, 1917, this officer was in Corner Post, when it was heavily attacked. After his commanders had been killed he reorganised the defences of the post and succeeded in keeping the enemy out. Thereafter he went forward to a dugout in the rear of the enemy position, from which he rescued some wounded men”. Before the war Sec Lieut Hall, whose home is at Sparkbrook, was a Birmingham carpenter and joiner.

CHARGE AGAINST FERNHILL HEATH LICENSEE – A Singular Defence – At the County Petty Sessions, Harriet Clarke, of the Bull Hotel, was charged with supplying Arthur Barton with intoxicating liquor on her premises during prohibited hours.

Information researched by The Worcestershire World War 100 team