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Key dates over April 1918

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Lives lost on this day: 37

15th April 1918 - FINED £50 AT MALVERN

Rolling casualty count: 9353

War Front:

1st Batt: Batt relieved in Heudicourt by 2nd Royal Berks and marched to Nurlu where the billets were poor.

2nd Batt: Remains of the Batt trickling back all am. At 3pm Batt took up position on the ridge south of Ravelsberg. There was hard fighting and once again the Batt was in the Front Line, repelling another attack successfully.

3rd Batt: Batt relieved by north Staffs (59th Div) and went to Brigade rendezvous where hot breakfasts were served. During the day Batt dug in again but the enemy broke through 59th Div. so Batt was in the front Line again.

4th Batt: Brigade Front Line taken over by 2/5th Lincolns at 2am. At 6am enemy pushed forward into our old position with a machine gun. Batt moved back to Croix de Poperinghe where men had a few hours rest and a hot meal. Orders suddenly came to move to position of assembly to make a counter attack at dawn. The night was wet, cold and miserable and spent in a hop field.

10th Batt: Batt ordered to move to new trenches east of Vroclandhoek, along the ridge to Spanbroek Mill where some casualties occurred from violent shell fire. Orders came at night to march back to Rossignol Camp.

Yeomanry/Cavalry: Our troops were holding positions north of the river where the water was fine and good for bathing.

Home Front:

FINED £50 AT MALVERN - Naturalised German Visits Prohibited Area – At Malvern Petty Sessions this morning, Max Otto Meinhardt, living in apartments in Bank Street, was charged with entering a prohibited area, in contravention of an order issued by the military authority. The defendant pleaded guilty. An order was made on April 27th 1916, ordering defendant to leave Coventry and prohibiting him from residing or entering any area within ten miles of the cities of Birmingham and Coventry, except with permission in writing. Defendant was a naturalised German with an English wife and child.

DROITWICH GUARDIANS AND COUNCIL – The Housing Question – Rural District Council – The Clerk read a circular from the Local Government Board setting forth the conditions on which public authorities would be assisted in the erection of houses for the working classes after the war and suggesting the Council should lay before the Board the scheme proposed and acquire where possible the land for the sites for the houses, which, however, could not be paid for until after the war. The letter was referred to the Housing Committee.

Information researched by The Worcestershire World War 100 team