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Key dates over February 1918

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Lives lost on this day: 2

6th February 1918 - Representation of the People Act receives Royal Assent, extending the right to vote to almost all British men as well as women aged over 30

Rolling casualty count: 8499

War Front:

1st Batt: Specialised training in bombing, Lewis Gunnery, signalling, observing and stretcher bearing.

2nd Batt: Batt still training. Sgt Atkins awarded the Belgian Croix de Guerre.

3rd Batt: A prisoner was captured by the Batt on our right.

4th Batt: Divisional baths at Vlamertinghe were allotted to Batt and a change of clothing was issued. 120 men per hour bathed. CO inspected the Batt Lines.

2/7th Batt: Batt was broken up. Half the officers and men were transferred to 2/8th Batt and half were sent north to join the 10th Batt.

10th Batt: Men widening and deepening trenches. Batt relieved by 10th Royal Warwicks and moved to the Intermediate Line.

Home Front:

CITY COUNCIL – Memorial to Private Dancox V.C. – At a meeting of the City Council today, the Mayor referred to the Pte Dancox V.C. Testimonial and said he wished to make one last appeal to the citizens. It would be improper to keep the fund open indefinitely. He was reading of a city where a subscription of £500 was raised for its first V.C., and he was hoping that perhaps the City of Worcester, in spite of the many demands made on its purse, would approach somewhere near to it. Doubtless many people were intending to subscribe, but were putting it off. Pte Dancox had brought great honour to the City. If £500 was raised and an annuity was arranged, the money would not be squandered but it would only mean the payment of a very few shillings a week.

WORCESTER THEFTS – Boy’s Butter Trick – At the City Police Court today, charges of theft were held against a Worcester boy. Arthur Simpson (13) was charged with stealing 2s.6d. by means of a trick, the money of Jessie Cale. Mrs Cale said the defendant called at her house and told her that he was going to Lipton’s’ shop to get some butter and asked if he should get her some. She consented and gave him the money. She did not see the boy again. The bench sent the boy to a reformatory for three years.

Information researched by The Worcestershire World War 100 team