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Key dates over April 1918

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Lives lost on this day: 1

7th April 1918 - Meat rationing introduced across Britain

Rolling casualty count: 9071

War Front:

2nd Batt: Batt detrained and marched to billets in village of Izel-les-Hameau. Batt in 3rd Army Reserve in good billets. Batt HQ also there.

3rd Batt: At 4am the bombardment on the Lys began. At 12.45pm Batt moved to Steenwerde area where it came under machine gun fire at L`Hallobeau. Batt in Front Line at 6pm with D Coy in reserve. At 6.30pm D Coy sent to support 11th Lancs. Fusiliers who were attacking Croix du Bac.

4th Batt: Two prisoners were captured opposite No. 15 post by Y Coy. They were carrying wire to enemy Front Line and lost their way. Enemy machine guns active firing at our low flying planes. Another inter Coy relief took place.

10th Batt: The relief was postponed owing to heavy fighting to the south.

Yeomanry/Cavalry: After much practice, this attack was postponed owing to the new situation created by the great German attack in France.

Home Front:

THE TRIBUNALS – EVESHAM BOROUGH – Man-Power Question Discussed – The Tribunal sat at the Town Hall on Friday. At the opening Ald. New spoke upon the man-power question and the exclusion of Ireland from the provisions of the Military Service Act. He said it was about time they made a protest. The Government were being asked to extend the age limit to 50 and no steps were being taken meanwhile to take men from other parts of the United Kingdom. It was against the grain to send more of our own people under the circumstances.

WORCESTERSHIRE AND THE WAR – Military Cross for Bromsgrove School Old Boy – Lieut H D Price, Staffordshire Yeomanry and Machine Gun Corps, who has been awarded the Military Cross, is the eldest son of Mr C F Price of Stoke Prior. He was educated at Bromsgrove School and joined the Warwickshire Yeomanry soon after the outbreak of the war as a trooper. He has been nearly two years in Egypt and has served through the Palestine campaign.

Information researched by The Worcestershire World War 100 team