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Key dates over March 1918

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Lives lost on this day: 6

5th March 1918 - Worcester Boy Wounded

Rolling casualty count: 8535

War Front:

1st Batt: Batt entrained at Wieltje and detrained at Abeele, then marched to Watou where a programme of training was started as laid down. A Boxing contest was started.

4th Batt: Interior economy and cleaning up in preparation for the move.

Home Front:

To the Editor: Dear Sir, May we appeal on behalf of two new wards opened in Norton Barracks for wounded soldiers, in connection with the Military Hospital? We shall be most grateful for any armchairs, either wooden or strongly upholstered, coloured table-cloths, magazines, books and book case, football, games, piano, gramophone and anything else that would conduce to the comfort and amusement of the 76 new patients who have arrived. Yours faithfully, Etheldreda Chichester and Mabel Sandham.

The parents of Trooper H.J. Bakewell (who was taken prisoner at Katia) have recently received another very cheery letter from Dorak Hospital, where he has been “working” for more than 12 months. He states that he is quite well and although letters are somewhat uncertain there is no need to worry as they are still treated very well. He acknowledges the arrival of four parcels sent out by the Worcestershire Comforts Committee in April and May. They were the first he had received and for which he says they were most thankful, all being in perfect condition. Unfortunately a letter he advised of sending, giving full details of other members of the Yeomanry has not got through and he is being asked to try again.

Worcester Boy Wounded: Mrs. Crump, of Quay Street, Worcester, has been informed that her son, Pte. Alfred Edward Crump, of the Worcesters, has been wounded in the foot. He was on active service in France. Before going to the front he was employed by Messrs. Williamson. His father was killed in October, 1916.

Philip Cassidy (11), 33 Lich Street, was charged with stealing a box of nine packets of cigarettes, valued at 4s. 11/2d., the property of Albert Powell Phillpott, 40 Sidbury. Prosecutor said that last Wednesday he saw a boy run out of his shop and later missed the box of cigarettes. D. S. Handley said that when he saw the defendant he said, “I took them,” and when charged said “Yes.” The Chief Constable said that they had reason to believe that this boy had been pilfering. Defendant was ordered to receive three strokes of the birch.

Thomas Milward (14), Horace Bishop (14), Alfred Hodgkiss (13) and his brother Frederick (11) were charged with playing football to the annoyance of passengers in Cromwell Street. P.C. Tooze said that in consequence of complaints he went to Cromwell Street, and there saw the boys playing. Bishop and Milward were each fined 2s. 6d. and the two Hodgkiss’s 5s. each.

Soldier’s Fall: A man reported at the City Police Station that in Battenhall Road Sapper William Higgins had fallen down and broken his leg. Sergt. Short and P.C. Long took an ambulance to the place and conveyed the soldier to the Infirmary, where it was found that he had not broken his leg, but opened an old wound by his fall.

Information researched by The Worcestershire World War 100 team