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Key dates over June 1918

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Lives lost on this day: 78

6th June 1918 - End of the German Spring Offensives

Rolling casualty count: 10011

War Front:

1st Batt: Engagaed on the Aisne since the last days of May, by now severely depleted and mixed up with other units, led by Colonel Grogan who won his Victoria Cross on 29th May, the Battalion faced what was effectively the end of the German Spring Offensives. Little more than a hundred, of all ranks, reunited on their withdrawal from the front line a few days later.

2nd Batt: Batt Coys trained in am and Batt relieved the 9th Norfolks in the ravine at night, with no fatalities.

4th Batt: Baths were allotted to the Batt. A Lewis Gun class of 2 Sgts and 4 men per Coy commenced under Lt CS Kipps. For operations from 10th-20th April, these men received awards: Sgt A Mogg won the DCM, L Cpl H Sansome the MM and Pte HP Lewis the MM.

10th Batt: Enemy infantry advanced after a barrage of intense fire but the attack was repulsed. Two strong waves of the enemy surged forward but the Batt and the 8th Glos held their fire until the enemy was very close and then mowed them down.

Home Front:

A catalogue of agreeable form has been prepared by the Library and Museum Committee of the Sale bequest of water-colour pictures to the Victoria Institute. It commences with a preface by Mrs. Berkeley, of Cotheridge Court, telling how the late Mr. and Mrs. Salt collected pictures, and speaking generally with enthusiasm of their merits. Then it enumerates the 89 pictures, and Mrs. Berkely says something interesting and suggestive about each. The catalogue is supplemented by an appreciative art criticism of the whole, which was published in a Birmingham contemporary. Though not illustrated, as are many modern books of the kind, it is a model catalogue, and it should add greatly to the understanding and the pleasure of an inspection.

The Bishop in the Diocesan Magazine writes: “I wish again to call the clergy’s attention to the growing number of large tablets which are being proposed in our churches. We have really no right to occupy the church wall space in this way. The best way to commemorate those who have died in the war is the brotherly way of one memorial for the whole parish, on which the names of comrades can be inserted. For rich persons to occuply the wall space with memorials which cannot be afforded by poorer parishioners is as objectionable as occupying the floor space by large private pews. I appeal to the Church feeling of my Diocese to consider this.”

The General List: Today’s official list contains the names of 152 officers, of whom 37, previously posted missing, are now reported prisoners of the Germans. Six officers are killed in today’s list, seven have died of wounds, 59 are wounded, and 11 are missing and believed drowned. Casualties in the ranks total 5,832; killed 527, died 215, wounded 3,511, missing 1,512.

Information researched by The Worcestershire World War 100 team