Key dates over April 1918
Lives lost on this day: 47
11th April 1918 - NOT HER HUSBAND’S CHILD
Rolling casualty count: 9209
1st Batt: Batt side-stepped to the left and relieved the 2nd Northants at night.
2nd Batt: Batt detrained at Castre and then continued to Meteren. Many refugees were coming down the road laden with goods. There was no definite news but a great noise of artillery fire was heard. Batt attached to the 9th Corps and went through Bailleul, which was all desolate and in ruins, to Ravelsberg. In fighting order Batt was to advance and take over the Front due north of Neuve Eglise, relieving the KOYLI.
3rd Batt: At 8.30am Batt attacked Steenwerck, encountering very heavy machine gun fire.
Batt withdrew to the Light Railway astride the Stilbecque and held the position for the rest of the day.
4th Batt: Batt maintained position and at 2.30am, W Coy moved forward and occupied Steenwercke Station.
10th Batt: Reinforcements arrived and the men of the 57th Brigade found their way back to the reserve trenches in the Wulverghem Line. After the news that Hill 63 was lost, the remains of the Batt went to reserve between Lindenhoek and Daylight Grove.
NOT HER HUSBAND’S CHILD – Kidderminster Woman Fined – At the Worcester City Police Court, Lillian Bentley 36 Washington Street, Kidderminster, was charged with obtaining money by false pretences. Mr A Maund prosecuted on behalf of the Worcester Territorial Association. The defendant is the wife of a soldier in the Worcestershire Territorials. In December 1916 the woman had a child, for which she claimed separation allowance. The husband was home on leave in December 1915, but not afterwards and it would seem that it was impossible for him to be the father of the child. In October 1917, the husband came home and finding out that his wife had had a child, communicated with the War Office, with the result that the allowance was stopped. The Bench fined defendant £2.
PRISONER OF WAR FUND – More Money Wanted for Latest Prisoners – A meeting of the Worcestershire Prisoners of War Fund was held today. The Chairman said that the financial position was satisfactory for the moment, but they must anticipate a number of additional prisoners as a result of the recent attack. It was most important that they should get more money. Mr Cherry said that they ought to estimate on the expenditure of at least £2,000 a month. The Chairman agreed, saying that they had previously budgeted on an annual expenditure of £16,000 a year, but now they must endeavour to secure not less than £25,000.
Information researched by The Worcestershire World War 100 team
- Pte. Horace Allen 33512 - 3rd Bn Worcs Reg
- Pte. James Brady 42466 - 3rd Bn Worcs Reg
- Pte. Frederick Burman 241822 - 10th Bn Worcs Reg
- L/Cpl. Bertie Handsley Carrott 235091 - 4th Bn Worcs Reg
- Pte. Hubert Braven Chapman 43584 - 2/8th Bn Worcs Reg
- L/Cpl. William Edward Coombes 8912 - 2nd Bn Worcs Reg
- L/Cpl. Thomas John Evans 18706 - 10th Bn Worcs Reg
- Pte. Joseph Bailey Gough 15397 - 3rd Bn Worcs Reg
- Pte. Harry Gerrard Griffin 204055 - 2nd Bn Worcs Reg
- Pte. Herbert Henry Harding 42052 - 2nd Bn Worcs Reg
- Cpl. Frank Hemmings 27322 - 3rd Bn Worcs Reg
- Pte. James Horton Jackson 46285 - 3rd Bn Worcs Reg
- Pte. Frederick Cyril Kerrod 42359 - 3rd Bn Worcs Reg
- Pte. Frederick William Merrick 42034 - 2nd Bn Worcs Reg
- Pte. Henry Cyril Midwinter 41419 - 3rd Bn Worcs Reg
- Pte. William Edgar Millard 50450 - 2nd Bn Worcs Reg
- Pte. Albert Millward 241449 - 2nd Bn Worcs Reg
- Pte. Walter Moore 22916 - 3rd Bn Worcs Reg
- Pte. Alfred Morgan 39594 - 3rd Bn Worcs Reg
- Pte. Harold Moseley 204224 - 2nd Bn Worcs Reg
- Pte. Horace William Ness 49294 - 2nd Bn Worcs Reg
- Pte. Albert Edward New 50814 - 2nd Bn Worcs Reg
- Pte. Charles William Newey 26063 - 2nd Bn Worcs Reg
- Pte. William Norton 203124 - 2nd Bn Worcs Reg
- Pte. Robert Woodland Paine 38628 - 3rd Bn Worcs Reg
- Cpl. William Henry Parkes 21194 - 3rd Bn Worcs Reg
- Pte. John Pinhorn 41842 - 3rd Bn Worcs Reg
- Pte. George Randall 18116 - 11th Bn Worcs Reg
- L/Cpl. Thomas Smallbones 7818 - 3rd Bn Worcs Reg
- Pte. Charles Albert Smith 25092 - 4th Bn Worcs Reg
- Pte. William George Smith 24666 - 2nd Bn Worcs Reg
- Pte. John William Tilley 41405 - 3rd Bn Worcs Reg
- Pte. Joseph Ernest Trevethick 242369 - 3rd Bn Worcs Reg
- 2/Lt. John Heigh Watt 4th Bn Worcs Reg
- Pte. Albert Woolridge 46794 - 3rd Bn Worcs Reg
- Pte. Albert Edward Phillips 35666 - Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry
- Pte. Arthur Partridge 32970 - Hampshire Regiment
- Sgt. Edward Thomas Bird 200243 - Royal Warwickshire Regiment
- Gunner Frederick James Woodhouse 67980 - Royal Field Artillery
- Cpl. Frederick Walter Jefferies 41709 - Hampshire Regiment
- Cpl. George Matthew Shaw 27690 - South Wales Borderers
- Dvr. John Collins 118979 - Royal Field Artillery
- Pte. Joseph Styles 33151 - Gloucestershire Regiment
- Pte. Sidney Woodall 42431 - Hampshire Regiment
- Gunner Thomas Moore 839719 - Royal Field Artillery
- Pte. William Bird 38769 - South Wales Borderers
- Pte. William Turner 37695 - Royal Warwickshire Regiment