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Key dates over May 1918

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Lives lost on this day: 5

20th May 1918 - Remarkable Fraud Stories

Rolling casualty count: 9732

War Front:

4th Batt: Batt artillery was very active and the Batt on our right advanced their position taking 30 prisoners. There was much gas shelling at night and helmets were worn for an hour. Batt HQ moved from the “elephant shelters.” Capt Marryatt re-joined from a course and took over command of La Motte Defences.

1/7th Batt: Enemy artillery very active and there were frequent casualties. Several minor raids were carried out with little loss.

Home Front:

Death of Mr E J Spark – Worcester Musical Worthy – The news will be received with wide regret, especially among musical men of an older generation, of the death, which occurred on Friday, at 4 Penbury Street, of Mr Edward Spark, who had reached the advanced age of 88 years. He was the second son of Mr William Spark, a lay vicar of Exeter Cathedral. Being reared in an atmosphere of music, he early showed love for it and when quite a youth he became so good a player that he was appointed Organist at St Lawrence’s Church Exeter. He later became organist and choirmaster at Holy Trinity Church and became actively associated with societies for musical culture and entertainment. He was a member of the Committee of the Worcester Choral Society.

Remarkable Fraud Stories – Charge against Norton Man – At the County Magistrates Office today, Walter Edney, wearing the uniform of a R.E. was charged with obtaining by false pretences various sums of money, amounting in all to £4.17s. and belonging to Alice Rutter of Norton, with attempting to obtain £125.5s. by false pretences from Sarah Thomas; and with stealing a bicycle belonging to Blanche Smith.

Information researched by The Worcestershire World War 100 team