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Key dates over April 1918

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Lives lost on this day: 39


Rolling casualty count: 9248

War Front:

1st Batt: Patrols went out to Gouzencourt in early am in fine weather. The 2nd East Lancs attacked Gouzencourt through our line and occupied a line beyond Gouzencourt.

2nd Batt: Enemy attack in the evening was repulsed. Two patrols went in am, both of which claimed that many men were killed. Heavy shelling all round Plougsteerte Wood and in fields around Armentieres. A heavy barrage on C Coy. resulted in 12 casualties.

3rd Batt: Batt continued to hold the line of the light railway all day, dispersing enemy patrols.

4th Batt: Batt heavily bombarded but held the position. There were many casualties, 2LT JH Watt was killed and 2LT CH Gorrie was wounded.

10th Batt: Enemy artillery shelled these trenches intermittently but no attack was made.

Home Front:

LADY DEERHURST ADDRESSES FARMERS – The Training of Land Girls - A meeting of the Worcester Farmer’s Union was held at the Star Hotel on Monday, Lady Deerhurst President of the Women’s War Agricultural Committee attended the meeting to explain the scheme of the Board of Agriculture to get girls trained for work on the land. She said that it was unlikely that the soldier labour which had been expected would be available and the various Committees were asked to get 30,000 women trained in the different Counties. So far farmers had been quite helpful. Training hostels were being started, but farmers and landlords could be of the greatest assistance if they would allow the girls to be trained on their farms and that would be much more practical training than they could get in the hostels. No expense would be incurred as the Government allowed the farmer 17s per week for the board and lodging of the girls for the girls for training of four or five weeks and a bonus at the end of it.

WORCESTER COLLEGE FOR THE BLIND – Term End Concert – On Friday last a large number of people availed themselves of the invitation of the College Social and Literary Club and assembled in the Gymnasium to enjoy a concert given entirely by the students. Usually at such concerts well known professionals and amateurs give their services. Knowing that several of the students had considerable musical ability many asked the Headmaster that the boys might take a large share in the programme.

Information researched by The Worcestershire World War 100 team