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Key dates over May 1918

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Lives lost on this day: 6

19th May 1918 - Largest and final German aeroplane raid on London, involving 33 aircraft. 49 people are killed and 177 wounded.

Rolling casualty count: 9727

War Front:

1st Batt: Batt in camp at Ventilay and general training resumed. 34 ORs joined the Batt.

4th Batt: 1 officer and 40 OR found for work on new Batt HQ. The 88th Infantry Brigade relieved the 86th Infantry Brigade in the line south of Hasbrouck. W Coy relieved 1 Coy of Royal Dublin Fusiliers and Y Coy relieved a Coy of 2nd Royal Dublin Fusiliers and all were situated in Bois D`aval, Foret de Nieppe. Z Coy relieved 1 Coy of 2nd Royal Dublin Fusiliers at Papate. It was a very hot day.

1/7th Batt: The new trenches were rougher and far less comfortable. Much of the Line ran through dense forest.

Home Front:

Worcestershire and the War – Theatricals Appeals for War Charities – Apart from the collections made by the dog “Bunty” for the hospital and wounded soldiers in London, the visit this week of Mr Martin Harvey and his Company to the Theatre Royal, Worcester, resulted in notable contributions to war charities. His appeal at Worcester produced £250, which was the best he has made in any town.

Farmers and Income Tax – How they must make Accounts – The following announcement is made by the Board of Agriculture with reference to farmers’ increased tax for the year ending April 5th 1919. The new Budget proposal provide that the profits of a farmer assessed under Schedule B shall be reckoned as equal to twice the full rent or annual value of the land which he farms.

Information researched by The Worcestershire World War 100 team