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Key dates over April 1918

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Lives lost on this day: 3

23rd April 1918 - Royal Navy ships launch a raid against Zeebrugge and Ostend, aimed at blocking the exits from the inland German submarine bases

Rolling casualty count: 9507

War Front:

1st Batt: Batt relieved the 2nd Middlesex in the Outpost Line HQ in Villers Guislains.

2nd Batt: Coys were refitted with clothing and equipment. Draft of 11 officers arrived.

4th Batt: Batt moved at 10.15am to new area 1 mile north of Wallon Capelle where the billets were under canvas. In the evening sports were held which was a great success.

Home Front:

AGRICULTURAL LABOURERS’ WAGES – Awards to be Made Retrospective – District Wage Committees were established for Worcestershire, Gloucestershire, Sussex, Dorset, Staffordshire and Yorkshire. The Board decided to communicate to the District Committee their opinion that it is not possible to settle the recommendations they wish to make regarding minimum rates applicable to their area. It is desirable that by mutual agreement between employers and workers any minimum rates of wages which may be fixed should be made retrospective as from the end of March. District Committees are requested to endeavour to ensure that such an arrangement is accepted and carried out.

THE LATE COLONEL CLIVE M.P. - What He Gave Up for the War – Colonel Percy Clive M.P., was killed in action in France. A descendant of an old and respected county family had served the country well. He saw service in West Africa, was two years in the Boer War, continued two years longer in the regiment and then retired; but when the present war broke out he again left his beautiful home, large estate, wife and children and volunteered for active service. He was badly wounded twice and again returned to the front, serving his country with great ability and patriotism.

Information researched by The Worcestershire World War 100 team