Key dates over June 1918
Lives lost on this day: 8
2nd June 1918 - Fatality at Shrub Hill Station
Rolling casualty count: 9917
1st Batt: The transport was at Bergeres. I officer joined the Batt.
2nd Batt: Batt paraded for Divisional reserve.
4th Batt: X and Y Coys worked on the reserve line building breastworks and cutting brushwood. HQ party with some men of X Coy were improving Support Batt HQ. The following officers received awards for recent operations at Bailleul: Lt Col BCS Clarke DSO (bar to his DSO), Capt. H Croom-Johnson MC (bar to his MC), Capt. DR Alexander (RAMC) received the MC, Capt. JE Thorneloe the MC, 2nd LT S Gray the MC and 2nd Lt SJ Rye the MC.
Today, at about 2 pm, Harold Davis (10), of Fish Street, fell into the Severn and was drowned. He was with some other children on a raft attached to the King’s School Boathouse. It is not known how the accident occurred, but the first to hear of it were Messrs. Jenkins, fishermen, who immediately began dragging for the body, but without result. Several of the King’s School boys dived, fully clothed into the river, but they, too, were unsuccessful. At about 4.30 the body of the boy was recovered, just below the boathouse, where he had fallen in.
Another fatality occurred at Shrub Hill Station this morning between 11 and 12 o’clock, when J.H. Huckfield (14), of Astwood Road, Rainbow Hill, was crushed between the buffers of two wagons which were being shunted. He was taking some dirty sawdust on a truck from the steam hammers to be burnt. None of his ribs were broken, nor were there any signs of blood, the buffers having apparently caught him in the windpipe. He had been in the employ of the station only two weeks and had just drawn his first week’s wages.
Information researched by The Worcestershire World War 100 team
- Pte. Ronald John Harold Barnes 35409 - 2/8th Bn Worcs Reg
- Pte. Sidney Chance 21472 - 1st Bn Worcs Reg
- Pte. Trevor Rhys Evans 43608 - 2/8th Bn Worcs Reg
- L/Cpl. Walter Hadley 46250 - 3rd Bn Worcs Reg
- Pte. Reginald Cecil Jones 240823 - 2/8th Bn Worcs Reg
- Cpl. Thomas James Kirkaldy 44319 - 2/8th Bn Worcs Reg
- Sgt. John Paish 44321 - 2/8th Bn Worcs Reg
- Pte. Frederick Thacker 207423 - 2/8th Bn Worcs Reg