Key dates over April 1918
Lives lost on this day: 39
26th April 1918 - WORCESTERSHIRE MEN’S DEEDS
Rolling casualty count: 9586
1st Batt: Batt pushed our right post forward 100 yards.
2nd Batt: Batt and transport left at 7.30am, marching to St Mairie Capell. Batt standing to ready to move. Lt HGL Ward rejoined the Batt.
3rd Batt: At 3am Batt began a counter attack in the direction of Kemmel Village. The barrage was poor and the country difficult. First objectives taken easily but the right flank was held up as French did not advance. The Infantry brigade on our left fell back leaving the left flank exposed and untenable. Brigade was withdrawn and went to the line of the railway behind Kemmelbeke Stream. Batt held this line all day. Several officers wounded or missing. 2Lt LB Whittington later died from his wounds.
4th Batt: Batt found working parties for the Divisional Line. The following officers joined the Batt: Lts CW Morton MC, JVP O`Connor, W Strang, CG Sneade, MR Foster, GT Uren and 2Lts TL Gillespie and HT Crawford.
10th Batt: Batt supported the attack of Kemmel Hill, leaving camp at Proven at 1.30pm in buses to Ouderdom.
Yeomanry/Cavalry: At 6am the march to Jerusalem continued and men saw it first by moonlight. Reg turned off before Jaffa gate, round the old walls, past Damascus gate and Garden of Gethsemane, Mount of Olives to Bethany, where horses were fed. It was intensely cold and all were soon on the move again. The road went steeply down to Jericho and horses had to be led down the hairpin bends. Reg reached a bivouac site at Talaat ed Dumm with a good water supply. The weather was now warm and heavy.
WOR’SHIRE MEN’S DEEDS – AWARDS OF D.C.M. – 106099 SERGT. F ALDRIDGE R.E. Evesham, Worcester by his splendid courage, zeal and devotion to those who have become casualties he has earned the greatest respect from all ranks. His work at battery positions and his control under fire has been most praiseworthy. His award was announced in Dec 1917.
1896 BOMBR. A Bayliss, R.F.A. Worcester for conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty on many occasions and especially in repairing telephone wires under heavy shell fire. His award was first announced in December 1917.
UPTON WOMEN LAND WORKERS – Presentation of Ribbons – an interesting little function took place in the Town Hall, when the members of the Women’s Land Army and all other women who had worked on the land for six months or longer, were presented with the ribbons indicating the extent of their patriotic labours.
Information researched by The Worcestershire World War 100 team
- Pte. Edgar Addison Ball 53042 - 3rd Bn Worcs Reg
- Pte. Alfred Harry Bennett 57351 - 3rd Bn Worcs Reg
- Pte. George Bentley 23525 - 3rd Bn Worcs Reg
- Pte. Charles James Bessell 52263 - 2nd Bn Worcs Reg
- 2/Lt. Hugh Chignell 3rd Bn Worcs Reg
- Pte. John Richard Clark 41971 - 3rd Bn Worcs Reg
- Pte. Andrew Clow 55180 - 1st Bn Worcs Reg
- Pte. Frederick Collins 202864 - 3rd Bn Worcs Reg
- L/Cpl. Walter Bert Cooper 235379 - 3rd Bn Worcs Reg
- Pte. Thomas Darwood 53059 - 3rd Bn Worcs Reg
- Pte. Samuel Flood 57388 - 3rd Bn Worcs Reg
- Pte. Henry Ernest Graves 53112 - 3rd Bn Worcs Reg
- Pte. Joseph Healey 55268 - 1st Bn Worcs Reg
- Pte. Richard Heighton 42017 - 3rd Bn Worcs Reg
- Pte. William Bramwell Henn 29905 - 2nd Bn Worcs Reg
- Pte. Albert Hough 53088 - 3rd Bn Worcs Reg
- 2/Lt. Frank Hobbs Hudson 1st Bn Worcs Reg
- Pte. Frederick Roland Hut 207278 - 3rd Bn Worcs Reg
- Pte. Hugh Bridge Iddon 57368 - 3rd Bn Worcs Reg
- Pte. George Stanley Jones 53091 - 1st Bn Worcs Reg
- Pte. James William Lewis 57417 - 3rd Bn Worcs Reg
- Pte. Sidney John. Mitchell 263107 - 1st Bn Worcs Reg
- Pte. James Mulhern 36001 - 3rd Bn Worcs Reg
- Pte. Reginald Newport 203221 - 3rd Bn Worcs Reg
- Pte. George Henry Parker 57258 - 3rd Bn Worcs Reg
- Lt. William Harold Parker 3rd Bn Worcs Reg
- Capt. Edgar Vincent Peter Parsons 3rd Bn Worcs Reg
- Pte. Walter George Peake 203450 - 1st Bn Worcs Reg
- Pte. David Marsden Powell 57402 - 3rd Bn Worcs Reg
- Pte. William George Price 21929 - 3rd Bn Worcs Reg
- Capt. D'Arcy Granville St. Clair Roberts 1st Bn Worcs Reg
- Pte. Walter Blake Sanby 53122 - 3rd Bn Worcs Reg
- Pte. Walter Sherwood 53124 - 3rd Bn Worcs Reg
- Pte. Reginald Ward 235051 - 1st Bn Worcs Reg
- Pte. Walter Harold Victor Watkins 30006 - 3rd Bn Worcs Reg
- 2/Lt. Leonard Buxton Whittingham 3rd Bn Worcs Reg
- Sgt. Frederick Albert Wilkins 207279 - 3rd Bn Worcs Reg
- Pte. Alfred Edwin Winspear 57317 - 3rd Bn Worcs Reg
- Sgt. James Christopher Allsopp 290935 - Gloucestershire Regiment