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Key dates over April 1918

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Lives lost on this day: 28

14th April 1918 - Batum, in the Caucasus, captured by Turkish troops who take advantage of Russia's withdrawal from the war to recapture lost ground

Rolling casualty count: 9316

War Front:

1st Batt: Cleaning up of equipment and clothing again. Some shells fell on Heudicourt but no casualties.

2nd Batt: Enemy on all sides. Sorties made from HQ were successful in driving the enemy away and opening up a way for communications. There were many casualties from trench mortars and machine guns. Enemy attacked again at 1.30pm and Mairie was evacuated with no casualties.

3rd Batt: Batt dug in at Mont de Lille and at 7.30am a strong enemy patrol, dressed in British uniform, captured 20 men of 4th Worcs from our left flank. Enemy attacked Front line under a heavy bombardment but were driven off by Lewis gun and rifle fire. Bombardment continued all day causing about 50 casualties in Batt. At 8pm enemy advanced again but were driven back. Four prisoners and 2 machine guns were captured and 30 enemy killed.

4th Batt: Batt withdrew to Mont de Lille and took up position at dawn. Enemy made several attempts to get forward and 2 machine guns and 11 prisoners were captured.

Yeomanry/Cavalry: Reg inspected by HRH, the Duke of Connaught.

Home Front:

TRIBUNALS MARTLEY – VICAR AND A BREAD DELIVERY VAN – D. Wall (41) Lower Broadheath, Baker, etc., said he was doing 24 sacks a week and this was the only bakery and provision shop for a considerable distance. When he was obliged to be away for a day the Vicar (the Rev. S Lloyd) drove his delivery van. Appeal dismissed.

FOUND DROWNED NEAR STOURPORT – On Tuesday at the Police Station, Stourport, the District Coroner held an inquest on the body of Mary Lewis (39) of Sussex Lodge, Kidderminster. Ellen Lewis, sister, said that though deceased had been depressed lately, during the past two or three days she seemed much better. Last Friday she went to do some shopping and as she did not return, witness became anxious. The same afternoon a policeman informed witness that a body had been found in the Severn at Stourport, Witness said her sister had never threatened to take her life.

Information researched by The Worcestershire World War 100 team