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Lives lost on this day: 7

29th June 1918 - Accident at Foregate Street station

Rolling casualty count: 10194

War Front:

1st Batt: Batt marched to Ypres at 8.15pm and took over accommodation from the 1st Sherwood foresters. One Coy is at HQ at Lille Gate, 2 Coys at the Esplanade. One coy remained behind at Halifax Camp.

2nd Batt: CO, Adjutant and officers of C Coy visited the 5th Scots Rifles in right Brigade sector. Advance parties from each Coy proceeded to the trenches. 1 OR was wounded. Capt. JJ Crowe was awarded the VC for gallantry at Neuve Eglise.

4th Batt: Coys practiced shaking out into Artillery formation and extended order from 9am to1pm using the Parade ground at Lumbres. Y Coy Worcs met D Coy 2nd Leinsters at football and Worcs won 1 - 0

Home Front:

Battenhall Whist Drive Result: Battenhall whist drive, which was held last Thursday week on the lawn, proved not only a record in attendance, which was over 400, but a greater success in returns. The actual amount received was £49 16s. and after expenses are paid £43 will be handed over to the Hospital Motor Ambulance Fund.

On Friday evening members of the Worcester Festival Choral Society entertained the soldiers at Battenhall Hospital. Mr. Ivor Atkins arranged an interesting programme and it was greatly enjoyed by the patients and a few friends. The evening was a delightful one and the concert was given on one of the lawns.

Sec.-Lieut. C.J. Smith, Worcestershires, was reported missing on May 27th. An old boy of St. Clement’s School and former member of the St. John’s Troop of Boy Scouts, Sec.-Lieut. Smith, who is only 19 years of age, was learning the gloving trade at Messrs. Fownes before joining the Army. He was a band-boy in the Territorial Army and later joined the 1/8th Worcs. Regt., in which he rose to the rank of Lce.-Corpl and was recommended for a commission, being gazetted on Sept. 26th 1917 and went to the front on Dec. 4th 1917. He was attached to a Light Trench Mortar Battery at the time he was reported missing.

At a parade at Norton Barracks Col. Greenway presented Gunner H.J. Davis, of the R.F.A., with the Military Medal. Gunner Davis, who is 22 years of age, was awarded the medal in September at Ypres for extinguishing the flames when there was a fire and thereby saving two guns.

In attempting to board a moving train at Foregate Street Station, on Friday evening, the Stationmaster, Mr. C.F. Richards, slipped and fell between the footboard and the platform. The wheels of the last carriage went over his right arm before the train could be stopped. The arm was badly smashed rendering amputation necessary. He also sustained injuries about the head.

Information researched by The Worcestershire World War 100 team