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Key dates over April 1918

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Lives lost on this day: 32

1st April 1918 - The Royal Air Force is formed by combining the army's Royal Flying Corps with the navy's Royal Naval Air Service

Rolling casualty count: 9041

War Front:

2nd Batt: Batt in cellars in Ypres in Brigade Support. Batt undergoing specialist training and providing working party of 1 officer and 85 OR for carrying RE equipment. There was a kit inspection.

3rd Batt: Batt detrained from St Ouen and moved by lorry route to Aldershot Camp, near Neuve Eglise.

4th Batt: Batt in Line with Batt HQ at Pill Box 83. Apron wire fence was put up from posts 10 to 14.Y Coy found 1 officer and 50 OR to carry RE material from Bellevue to Goudberg.

10th Batt: Batt in trenches having relieved the Australian 19th Batt just south of Blauwepoortbeek Stream.

Yeomanry/Cavalry: Regiment left Deir el Belah and made for Selmeh, 3 miles east of Jaffa.

Home Front:

EASTER HOLIDAY – Quiet in Worcester – It was a quiet bank holiday in the country generally. For those people not concerned with munitions of war, the holiday was a rest or a change from ordinary routine rather than a merry-making. The workers who were needed sacrificed their Easter to the public welfare. Those who were not needed took their pleasure more seriously than ever before. Changeable weather too combined with the restricted railway services to keep many at home or to dispose them only to visit friends close at hand. DEATH OF MR S GARDNER – Well Known Ombersley Farmer – The death took place at his residence, Uphampton, Ombersley, on Sunday, of Mr Samuel Gardner, a well know local farmer, who was in his 89th year. He was a shrewd man of business and an excellent farmer and in spite of his advanced age, he took a very active interest in farming affairs up to almost the time of his death. A quarter of a century ago he was the Chairman of the Worcestershire Chamber of Agriculture, of which he has been as member for a great number of years. He was long time Vice Chairman of Droitwich Board of Guardians and he held a seat on the board. He was a farmer of the “old” school.

Information researched by the Worcestershire World War 100 team