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Key dates over April 1918

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Lives lost on this day: 6

21st April 1918 - Germany's top air ace, Freiherr Manfred von Richtofen, shot down and killed on the Somme

Rolling casualty count: 9496

War Front:

1st Batt: Weather much improved. Batt carrying out drills and providing working parties.

2nd Batt: Batt marched to Div HQ at Trois Rois, turned and marched back to billets. Draft of 2 officers and 215 OR joined Batt.

3rd Batt: Batt evacuated position as relieved by 133rd French Div. Batt marched to Hoografe Cabaret where hot breakfasts were served. At 12.30pm Batt marched to Dirty Bucket area.

4th Batt: Batt moved back to Abeele where men had a hot meal and a few hours rest. Men accommodated in 2 hangars.

10th Batt: Losses calculated for Batt were 378 officers and men.

Home Front:

MARRIED AT EVESHAM – CHARGE OF BIGAMY IN LONDON – At the County Police Court today, Norman Montagu was charged with bigamously marrying Gladys Bradbury on November 16th 1916. Phyllis Montagu of Bewdley Street, Evesham, said that she was married to defendant on April 6 1912, and lived with him until he joined the Army on December 16th 1914. She had not lived with him since. In July last she saw him at Cheltenham, when he confessed to her that he had committed bigamy with Miss Bradbury. In July last year prisoner was seen at Broadway, Hammersmith with a Miss Smith, to whom he had made proposals of marriage. A warrant was issued against prisoner on February 2 1916 at which time he was at Norton Barracks. Prisoner confessed himself guilty of the charge brought against him and expressed sorrow for the wrong he had done two honourable women.

THE FOOD PROBLEM – Beer and Spirit Rationing – With regard to scheme rationing the public supply of beer and spirits every trade protection society throughout London and the country will receive, in the course of the next day or so, copies of the agreement that has been made on behalf of the wholesale and retail trade in consultation with the Liquor Control Board. It is hoped licensees generally will act upon it and display the agreement in their establishments. Draught beer will not as a rule be served for on-consumption in quantities exceeding a half pint. Off sales will be proportionately restricted.

Information researched by The Worcestershire World War 100 team