Key dates over June 1918
Lives lost on this day: 5
26th June 1918 - Accident at Fernhill Heath
Rolling casualty count: 10180
2nd Batt: Batt cleaning up and had kit inspections.
4th Batt: Batt practising for Brigade Ceremonial Parade. Lewis Gun classes continued.
Accident at Fernhill Heath: On Wednesday afternoon, Lieut. Dixon of the National Service Department, was driving a motor car between Droitwich and Worcester. When he was passing a bus a boy named Stanley Lane, aged 5, of Spellis Lane, Fernhill Heath, came from behind it. Lieut. Dixon could not avoid knocking him down. He afterwards took the boy to the Infirmary where he was found to be suffering from a fracture in both legs.
Widow’s Sudden End: On Wednesday, at the Guildhall, the City Coroner (Mr. A.W. Hulme) held an inquest on the body of a widow named Jane Webb (74), of 35, Moor Street. Her daughter, Laura Jane Powell, said that she left her at home at 2pm on Monday and returned at 6pm, when she found her mother dead in bed. Mr. R. Mackean, surgeon, made a post-mortem, which revealed that the kidneys were small and extensively diseased and the heart was fatty. Death was due to chronic Bright’s disease, which caused heart failure. The Jury returned a verdict in accord with the medical evidence and expressed their sympathy with the family, in which the Coroner joined.
Information researched by The Worcestershire World War 100 team
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