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Key dates over February 1918

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Lives lost on this day: 1


Rolling casualty count: 8490

War Front:

1st Batt: Batt billeted at Eecke. Two Coys engaged in shell-hole consolidation.

2nd Batt: Batt fired on the range at Quelmus. Inspection of Coys by CO.

3rd Batt: Batt in Brigade Support with 2 Coys wiring every night.

4th Batt: Batt in Line on left sector. A foggy morning with enemy fairly quiet. X Coy was wiring, Y and W Coys were improving the posts and their approaches.

2/7th Batt: Batt in billets at Roye.

10th Batt: Batt in Eastwood camp, Havringcourt Wood, cleaning up and building round the huts and wiring. Batt strength: 20 officers and 346 OR.

Yeomanry/Cavalry: regiment training hard at Deir el Belah and it was good not to hear hostile shells or bullets.

14th Batt: Batt in camp at Ruyaulcourt, behind Havringcourt Wood, resting and training.

Home Front:

RED CROSS CONCERT AT EVESHAM – Worcester Glee Club’s Help – A most enjoyable and successful concert in aid of the Men’s Detachment Fund for providing cigarettes for the wounded soldiers at the Abbey Manor Red Cross Hospital, was given in the Public Hall, Evesham on Thursday night. There was a large and most appreciative audience and nearly every item of an excellent programme was encored, with the result that the programme had to be curtailed to enable some of the performers to catch the train to Worcester.

THE TRIBUNALS – PERSHORE RURAL – There were only two cases. Mr H Harrison represented Messrs G Phillips and Sons, grocers and bakers of High Street, Pershore, in their appeal for the prolongation of the temporary exemption certificates granted to two of their employees – Harold Howse, aged 18 and Edward Mumford aged 18. With respect to Howse, passed for general service, the firm asked for exemption till March 31st as there was pressure of work owing to the many Food Orders issued and difficulties of distribution. This man helped in the shop, went out into the country for orders and often times helped in the delivery. He was a member of the local Volunteer Corps. March 15th final. With regard to Mumford, the Military did not press as his classification was B2, and he was doing useful work for the firm – the delivery of foodstuffs and in the management of horses. Conditional exemption.

Information researched by the Worcestershire World War 100 team