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Lives lost on this day: 27

28th May 1918 - Theft of Slippers

Rolling casualty count: 9856

War Front:

1st Batt: The left flank was forced back and the line withdrew at about 9.30am to Soncherry. In the afternoon this line was forced to withdraw to north of Brascourt. Subsequently there was another fall back to where the 419th French Reg. reinforced the Line.

2nd Batt: At 7am the Batt practised an operation identical to the operation at Neuve Eglise with special reference to the counter attack carried out by C Coy.

3rd Batt: At 7am Batt ordered to withdraw to Ventelayto Montigny Road where it held the high ground. Enemy now holding ground south of Bouvancourt. The Batt was now badly separated, but at 7pm they managed to reach the Transport Lines at Lagery and efforts were made to reorganise what was left of the Batt into 1 Coy. At 9pm Transport and men moved to Couguy and spent the night. Officer casualties were Lt DT Milner wounded, 2Lt VB Warley missing and Capt TP Muskratt wounded.

4th Batt: All ranks were resting. There was an inspection of arms, gas helmets and battle stores. Our artillery kept up a heavy barrage all night as the Hants Reg made a raid which was unsuccessful. Some shrapnel fell on the camp.

Home Front:

Worcester Petty Sessions – Theft of Slippers – Joseph Kennett, Muns Green, Doddenham, who appeared in khaki, was summoned for stealing a pair of slippers at Broadway. P C Hirons said that defendant who was attached to an Agricultural Company, went to an empty house and took the slippers. When charged he said “I don’t know what made me do it”. Prisoner had been to France. He was convicted for petty thefts five years ago. The Bench imposed a fine of 15s and told defendant let it be a warning to him.

Motoring To Droitwich – To Save Waiting at Shrub Hill – William Waldgrove Stone (60) Worcestershire Hotel, Droitwich, was summoned for causing petrol to be used contrary to the Motor Spirit Order at Martin Hussingtree and further with aiding and abetting Arthur Ray in using petrol. The police regarded the case as a serious one.

Information researched by The Worcestershire World War 100 team