Key dates over March 1918
Lives lost on this day: 35
23rd March 1918 - Following their advance through the former Allied lines, the Germans use a long range railway gun to shell Paris. Continues to 15 August.
Rolling casualty count: 8810
1st Batt: Batt detrained at Nesle and marched to Epenancourt. Batt was positioned along the west bank of the canal with the right of the Batt resting on Pangry. In the pm, A and B Coys took up position east of Falvy and fought a rear-guard action to extricate another Division. Falvy was then evacuated and former positions on the canal were reoccupied. The enemy entered Epenancourt at 9.40pm but was ejected by a swift counter attack, led by Lt Col FC Roberts.
3rd Batt: Batt was withdrawn to Fremicourt and marched back to Bihoucourt Church where 74th Infantry was concentrated. Batt remained in Savoy Camp, Bihoucourt that night.
4th Batt: Enemy artillery and machine guns very active all day. 2Lt GG Royal was wounded at Inch Houses. 1 OR of X Coy was wounded. The Front Line Coy were strengthening wire in front of all posts and building up parapets and parados. 1 Officer and 50 OR were carrying rations and RE materials to Front Line and support Coys.
10th Batt: At dawn there was a heavy barrage from the enemy and great waves of their infantry advanced and a general retirement began. The Batt let the retreating Batts pass until the Front was clear, driving the enemy back with rapid bursts of fire. Three Batts of guns from 104th Brigade were in position behind Velu Wood and 35 men from our Batt, under Sgt AJ Cartwright and 35 from 8th Glos, under their Reg Sgt Major, were sent to protect them, (no officers could be spared.) They entrenched in front of the guns.
After mid-day enemy attacked again and 3 Batts of the 57th Brigade were almost surrounded and they were forced back with heavy losses. The remnants of 3 Batts were ordered to reserve at Barcourt to rest.
Today is the Tank Bank’s last day and it is certain to be a record one. The weather was glorious and there were many visitors to the city during the day. Some of them visited the Tank and invested their money quite early. There was quite a run of small and large investors. Quite a number of children and parents with children had their War Savings Certificates stamped and were followed immediately by one or two large investors. The Norwich Union Office, through their district managers, Messrs. Watkins and Sayce, invested £5,000. Messrs. J. Ward and S. Craddock invested £2,000 on behalf of the Worcester Building Society. £82,250 had been raised up to 5.30 on Saturday bringing the total for the week to £391,908.
Fort Royal Park: Mrs. Woodward, of Arley Castle, has presented to Fort Royal Park a number of young conifers of rare species lately brought from China. Botanists may be glad tohave their names: Pinus laricio, var. pallasiana, pinus monticola, abies recurvata, picea asperata, picea notabilis. She has also sent a seedling of the extremely rare Pyrus sorbus. The trees were planted by Canon Wilson on Friday.
Ploughing Champions: C. I. and Mrs. E.V.V. Wheeler have presented Ptes. Moore and West, driver and ploughman respectively of the Tital Tractor and Ransome plough in the Worcester Unit, with the Championship Flag of the county. This awarded by the Board of Agriculture. The presentation was made this afternoon, at Hawford Grange where the men are now at work. This award is in addition to the Champion Flag of the Unit, which the men won a few weeks ago. Both these soldiers have fought in France and were discharged medically unfit. They had their first lesson in tractor ploughing under the Worcestershire Food Production Department about six months ago. The award of these flags is for the greatest acreage ploughed per month.
Information researched by The Worcestershire World War 100 team
- Rifleman Frederick Arthur Bennett 374524 - London Regiment
- L/Cpl. Thomas Gould 14089 - Grenadier Guards
- Pte. Walter Hawker Apr-11 - Durham Light Infantry
- Pte. Thomas Jones 6118 - Welsh Regiment
- Rifleman Enoch Harold Kings 32633 - Prince of Wales's Volunteers (South Lancashire) Regiment
- L/Cpl. Francis Thomas G/52553 - London Regiment
- Pte. Charles Tovey 28730 - Royal Warwickshire Regiment
- Pte. Harold Turton 26645 - Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry
- L/Cpl. William Allan Allen 266110 - Royal Warwickshire Regiment
- Pte. Bramwell Baxter 41941 - 3rd Bn Worcs Reg
- Pte. Alfred William Bayliss 39476 - Princess Charlotte of Wales's (Royal Berkshire) Regiment
- Sgt. William Gordon Beer 202672 - 10th Bn Worcs Reg
- Pte. James Bowen 241600 - 1st Bn Worcs Reg
- Pte. Arthur Cartwrigbt 45969 - 14th Bn Worcs Reg
- Pte. Samuel David Dean 50017 - 10th Bn Worcs Reg
- 2/Lt. Arthur Frost 2/8th Bn Worcs Reg
- Pte. Michael Geraghty 40064 - 10th Bn Worcs Reg
- Pte. Peter Greenfield 203413 - 10th Bn Worcs Reg
- Pte. Alfred William Harris 12445 - Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry
- 2/Lt. John Eustace Tarleton Haynes 1st Bn Worcs Reg
- L/Sgt. Albert John Lee 12034 - 1st Bn Worcs Reg
- Cpl. Harold McDonnell 9798 - 1st Bn Worcs Reg
- Pte. Thomas Henry McRoberts 30281 - Cameronian (Scottish Rifles)
- Pte. James Norton 204260 - 1st Bn Worcs Reg
- Pte. Spencer James Pollard 41398 - 2/8th Bn Worcs Reg
- Pte. F. Pollard 161179 - Labour Corps
- Pte. James Priest 14249 - 10th Bn Worcs Reg
- Cpl. Joseph Seymour 10570 - 1st Bn Worcs Reg
- Pte. William Henry Surman 29301 - Somerset Light Infantry
- Pte. William Thorpe 42793 - 10th Bn Worcs Reg
- Pte. Harry Walton 48266 - 10th Bn Worcs Reg
- A/Lt.-Col. Thomas Hovenden Watson att. Notts and Derby Reg
- Pte. Stanley Wise 51725 - 1st Bn Worcs Reg
- Cpl. Albert Wood 18906 - 10th Bn Worcs Reg
- Pte. Henry James Wyatt 13552 - 1st Bn Worcs Reg