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Key dates over May 1918

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Lives lost on this day: 1

18th May 1918 - Builders’ Labourers Strike at Evesham

Rolling casualty count: 9721

War Front:

1st Batt: Batt relieved by the 2nd Batt Scottish Rifle and proceeded to Vancouver Camp. They formed working parties, 2 to the Hooge Siege Battery south east of Ypres, 1 coy was attached to No.177 Tunnelling Coy, north west of Poperinghe and 1 Coy to the Canadian Railway Troops for building a railway from Bedford. This was difficult owing to the ground being in view of the enemy and so heavily shelled. A draft of 84 other ranks arrived from Base.

2nd Batt: There were practice parades of Coys for an Army Commander`s Inspection.

4th Batt: Lewis Gun and signalling classes continued and the rifle range was allotted to the Batt for one and a half hours each Coy.

1/7th Batt: The Batt moved forward and relieved the 8th Devons in Front Line trenches near Casuna.

Home Front:

Marriage At Wolverley – Worcester Dean’s Youngest Son – A crowded congregation at Wolverley Parish Church on Wednesday morning witnessed the marriage of Dr Cuthbert Ede, youngest son of Dr Moore Ede, Dean of Worcester and Miss Doris Newcomb, elder daughter of the Rev C Newcomb, Vicar of Wolverley.

Builders’ Labourers Strike at Evesham – A little strike has occurred in Evesham during the week, which is ascribed to some of the activities of the Labour party. Builders’ Labourers have been recently paid 8d per hour for 59 hour per week. The rate varies in different places and generally such men engaged upon Government work receive 10.1/2d per hour, which was what has been paid for the labourers engaged on Messrs Cadbury’s factory at Blackminster.

Information researched by The Worcestershire World War 100 team