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Key dates over May 1918

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Lives lost on this day: 2

16th May 1918 - Fatality At Wyre

Rolling casualty count: 9719

War Front:

1st Batt: Batt suffered very heavy artillery fire in the Hooge Trenches.

2nd Batt: There was some gas shelling at night causing B Coy to move out of billets for an hour.

4th Batt: Batt working on the rifle range for one and a half hours each day. All ranks were instructed in the use of No 36 Rifle Grenade Dischargers.

1/7th and 1/8th Batts: The Brigade assisted in the relief of the 7th Division to the left. 1/7th took over from 22nd Manchester Reg in Reserve on Mount Magna Boschi and 1/8th relieved the 1st South Wales Borderers in Support towards Mount Lemerle.

Home Front:

County Appeal Tribunal – Worcester – Mr Hemming appeared for Mrs Andrews of The Shambles, who appealed for her Son James Andrews (36). Capt Glanfield said a substitute had been offered, but Mrs Andrews said he could only come part time. Appeal dismissed. Mr Maund appeared for Edward Arnold (39) commission agent’s clerk, who appealed on personal grounds, stating that he had nine children, seven under 16. His wife’s state of health was such that she could not with safety be left alone except for short periods. Mr Maund said Mr Arnold had been passed C1 and had been re-examined and was Grade 2. Capt Glanfield suggested to Arnold that he could easily get work of national importance and maintain his family. Arnold said he could not get a job. Captain Glanfield: If you don’t look for a job, you will never find it. Arnold said he had been earning enough without looking for one. Appeal dismissed.

Fatality At Wyre – Wife Killed: Husband Injured – A sad accident occurred at Wyre on Wednesday morning. Mr George Haines, market gardener, was driving with his wife to their plantations, which is just outside the village, when the horse unaccountably took fright, bolted and during its mad career threw them both off the dray onto the hard road. Mrs Haines was killed instantaneously. Mr Haines sustained a broken leg and severe cuts and bruises and still lies prostrated by shock. The horse escaped injury. Like her husband Mrs Haines was quite a skilled gardener. There was nothing on the land but what she could do; and industry and perseverance were her notable traits.

Information researched by The Worcestershire World War 100 team