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Lives lost on this day: 3

20th March 1918 - Maintenance Charge at Powick Lunatic Asylum

Rolling casualty count: 8563

War Front:

2nd Batt: Batt working on the Corps Defence Line.

4th Batt: X and Z Coys had rifles inspected by the Brigade Armourer Sergeant. Corps Commander inspected the Mass Drums at 6pm in the Square.

Yeomanry/Cavalry: Rumours are heard that an early move was imminent.

Home Front:

Maintenance Charge at Powick Lunatic Asylum. Take notice that the Worcester City Council, by Resolution passed on the 5th March 1918, under Section 283 (2) of the Lunacy Act 1890, directed that as from the 1st April 1918, until further notice, an addition of One shilling and two pence be made to the weekly sum of Fourteen shillings fixed by the Visiting Committee of the above Asylum for the Maintenance and other expenses of each Pauper Lunatic in the said Asylum, etc. Samuel Southall, Town Clerk.

To the Editor: The “Daily Times” is invariably accurate and as such is often quoted as an authority. Will you therefore kindly permit me to correct a slight slip which your able and interesting correspondence "Q" makes in this evening’s paper? Jenny Lind was not buried at Malvern Wells, but at Great Malvern Cemetery. I had the honour of being one of the very large congregation at the church and the cemetery.Your, etc., Aldwyn.

Worcester Tank Week: The returns of the Worcester Tank Bank indicate that the week will be success. When the task of towns was set out in terms of war material, Worcester was expected to raise sufficient to provide a destroyer - £150,000. There is no doubt that the figure will be exceeded. It is clear that the amount subscribed during Tuesday included large sums, besides those already announced. Today’s total was £71,035, making £183,927 for the three days. On Thursday and Friday, aeroplanes from an aerodrome in the neighbourhood of Birmingham, will visit and fly over the City. The aviators will drop from their planes leaflets bearing the title “A message from the skies.”

The casualty lists issued Tuesday night show the following losses: - Officers: Dead 34, wounded or missing 78; total 112. Men: Dead 191, wounded or missing 327; total 518.

Mr. and Mrs. Duncan Roy, Heyford Villa, Shrubbery Avenue, Worcester, have received information that their son, Sec.-Lieut. John James Roy died in hospital in France on March 15th, from wounds received accidentally two days previously. Lieut. Roy, with his brothers Duncan and Ronald, joined the 1/8th Worcestershire Regiment in September, 1914. His younger brother, Lance-Corporal Ronald Roy, was killed in action in France in February, 1917 and another brother, Cadet Duncan Roy is now training for a commission at Oxford. A fourth brother Alec, died in April last year.

Information researched by The Worcestershire World War 100 team