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Lives lost on this day: 12

10th May 1918 - Another Worcestershire V.C.

Rolling casualty count: 9701

War Front:

1st Batt: Batt moved to Roucy and a forward party reconnoitred the Souvircourt Sector.

2nd Batt: Batt “stood to” at 4am and more defensive lines and routes of approach to the front were reconnoitred by CO and Coy officers.

4th Batt: It was a quiet day. More work was done in thinning hedges and demolishing the Chinese Camp.

Yeomanry/Cavalry: In the evening, the Reg marched to Talaat ed Dumm en route for Latron where men bivouacked at 9.15pm.

1/7th and 1/8th Batts: 108 bags of mail were destroyed as they had been in contact with sulphuric acid in the hold of the merchant transport ship.

Home Front:

Another Worcestershire V.C. – Col. F. Roberts’ Amazing Endurance – Six more V.C.’s are announced including that won by Capt. (Acting Col) F. Roberts, D.S.O., M.C. Worcestershire Regt. The official record says: - During continuous operations which covered over 12 days Lieut Col Roberts showed most conspicuous bravery, exceptional military skill in dealing with the many very difficult situations of the regiment and endurance and energy in encouraging and inspiring all ranks under his command. On one occasion the enemy attacked a village and had practically cleared it of our troops, when this officer got together an improvised party and led a counter-attack which temporarily drove the enemy out of the village, thus covering the retirement of the troops on their flanks who would otherwise have been cut off. The success of this action was entirely due to his personal valour and skill.

Concert by Blind Musicians – In Aid of St Dunstan’s Hostel – Two successful concerts were given at the Guildhall on Thursday afternoon and evening by a party of musicians from the National Hostel for the Blind, in aid of St Dunstan’s Hostel for blinded soldiers and sailors. They were organised as part of a national effort by Lady Pearson, wife of Sir Arthur Pearson, founder of St Dunstan’s. The artists supplied a varied and interesting programme, the novel feature of the concert being that all the performers, except the accompanist, were blind. The party showed exceptional skill and their efforts were cordially appreciated.

Information researched by The Worcestershire World War 100 team