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Key dates over June 1918

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Lives lost on this day: 6

9th June 1918 - Battle of the Matz. Fourth German offensive (Operation Gneisenau), hitting the French line again, this time south of Verdun near St Mihiel. Fighting continues until 14 June.

Rolling casualty count: 10027

War Front:

1st Batt: Batt moved to billets in Petit Broussy.

2nd Batt: There was a considerable amount of gas shelling. Representatives of the Argylle and Sutherland Highlanders visited the Batt before taking over on 10th June. D Coy and 2 platoons of A Coy working for the RE. 2 OR were wounded.

3rd Batt: Batt moved to Reuves where training was continued. Lt Col PT Whalley resumed command of the Batt.

4th Batt: All Coys involved in working parties until 1.30 or 2pm. There was a voluntary non-conformist service pm.

1/7th Batt: The 2 Batts on the plain, 1/8th Worcs and 1/4th Glos , changed position with Batt and the 1/6th Glos in order that summer clothing of khaki drill and foreign service helmets, although the weather was not that warm could be distributed.

1/8th Batt: Batt went up the mountain from the plain so that the 1/7th Worcs and 1/6th Glos could receive their Summer clothing.

Home Front:

Additional restrictions on the sale of drugs to members of His Majesty’s Forces are imposed by an Army Council Order. Henceforth no person is to sell the 12 drugs mentioned in the schedule to the Order to any members of His Majesty’s Forces, except doctors, dentists, and veterinary surgeons, unless a written prescription is produced, signed by a registered medical practitioner. The prescription must be marked,”Not to be repeated,” and the drug must not be supplied more than once on the same prescription…The drugs to which the Order applies are barbitone, benzamine lactate, benzamine hydrochloride, chloral hydrate, coca, cocaine, codeine, diamorphine, Indian hemp, opium, morphine, and sulphonal and its homologues, and any salts, preparations, derivatives, or ad-mixtures prepared from or with any of these drugs.

At the Worcester Tribunal, on Friday evening, Lieut. Dixon, the National Service Representative, who previously had not asked for Grade 3 men, now pressed for them. We understand that orders have come down for Worcestershire to supply from 200 to 300 Grade 3 men each week. Grade 3 includes the four lowest categories under the old classification, and the authorities will take into consideration these categories before calling up the Grade 3 man. Only such men will be sent for as are likely to be medically fit for military duty. Grade 3 men will not go into the fighting ranks.

Information researched by The Worcestershire World War 100 team