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Key dates over May 1918

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Lives lost on this day: 1

21st May 1918 - Naturalists at Malvern

Rolling casualty count: 9733

War Front:

1/7th and 1/8th Batts: The men were suffering from a “pyrexia of unknown origin” which produced sore throats, high temperatures and pains in backs and legs. Many went to hospital where they were bathed and issued with clean clothes, given doses of potassium permanganate. They usually recovered after about 3 days. The whole Brigade seemed to be affected at different times.

Yeomanry/Cavalry: Men getting to play polo, cricket, tennis and football and keeping in training.

Home Front:

Naturalists at Malvern – Evidence of Sun Worship – The first whole day of the Worcestershire Naturalists’ Club took place on Saturday, when the Camps on the Malvern Hills were visited. Mr B Brotherton, who organised and led the party, explained that with Neolithic man, the human history of the Malvern Hills commences. The forested and swampy region of the Severn Valley, haunted by fever and beasts of prey, made these uplands of vital importance and thus would be used by the people of those early times.

Worcestershire And The War – Honour for Old Vigornian – Lieut D Warren, Adjutant of the Battalion, Bedford Regt., till recently a King’s scholar and formerly of the Choir School, has been awarded the Military Cross. He was recently wounded, but has recovered and re-joined his Battalion.

Information researched by The Worcestershire World War 100 team