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Key dates over May 1918

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Lives lost on this day: 1

12th May 1918 - More Butcher’s Meat

Rolling casualty count: 9704

War Front:

1st Batt: Batt holding Souvincourt. Enemy quiet but 2 ORs were wounded.

2nd Batt: Batt HQ moved to an empty house but Coys remained in their farmhouse billet. Brigade now in Corps Reserve the Divisional Front being taken over by French troops.

3rd Batt: Batt in retraining and refitting at Coulanges.

4th Batt: Batt HQ shelled by the enemy. More wiring carried out with parties of 1 NCO and 20 men working 3 hours of 3 reliefs.

Yeomanry/Cavalry: Regiment reached Latron and resumed their duties as Corps Cavalry.

Home Front:

The Food Problem – More Butcher’s Meat – The Ministry of Food announce that as from 12th May 1918, until further notice, the meat coupon will be available for the purchase of 6d. worth of butcher’s meat instead of 5d worth as hitherto.

County Prisoners Of War – The Comforts Fund – A meeting of the County Prisoners of War Executive was held at the Shirehall today. Viscount Deerhurst reported that he was trying to arrange for a matinee to be held on behalf of the Fund in London. He said that he had the promise of the Lyric Theatre and Mr Arthur Bouchier, Mr Charles Hawtrey, Miss Gladys Cooper and Mr George Robey had promised to give their services. He said he hoped to get a committee of ladies in London to sell tickets.

Information researched by The Worcestershire World War 100 team