Key dates over June 1918
Lives lost on this day: 3
22nd June 1918 - Good Soldier - Bad Civilian
Rolling casualty count: 10165
1st Batt: At 6am the Batt marched to billets in Dargnies.
2nd Batt: Batt cleaning up billets. A Coy badly gas shelled. 2 OR wounded.
3rd Batt: Batt transferred to the 19th Division and joined the 57th Infantry Batt at Broussy-le –Petit, absorbing the 10th Worcs. Batt now over 900 strong.
4th Batt: Coys at the disposal of CC. All were cleaning up for kit inspections.
Worcester Assizes: James Wells (16), farm labourer, pleaded guilty to an indecent assault upon a girl of 12 at Inkberrow. He was given a good character by his employer and the Judge bound him over and placed him in charge of the Probation Officer.
Good Soldier: Bad Civilian - John Thomas Fletcher (27), a soldier with three wound stripes, was charged with committing bigamy by marrying Alice Andrews at Bestford. On Thursday he asked for counsel to defend him, saying that he had malaria at the time and did not know what he was doing. Prisoner had a bad character in civil life, but military reports said that he was a good soldier when at the front. He had fought at the Dardanelles and in France. The Judge ascertained from an officer that if prisoner was bound over he could be sent abroad. Prisoner: I hope I get a bullet. The Judge: That’s no good; much better to give on. He bound prisoner over and asked him to redeem his name by helping to protect the lives of the women he had wronged and the other inhabitants of this country.
The Air Ministry has issued a list of officers brought to notice for valuable services rendered in connection with the war. Among them is Capt. R.B.H. Lechmere, only son of Sir E.A. Lechmere, Bart., of Hanley Castle.
Information researched by The Worcestershire World War 100 team
- Pte. Lewis Oscar Beard 44558 - 9th Bn Worcs Reg
- Pte. Herbert Charles Bronsdon 57404 - 3rd Bn Worcs Reg
- Spr. J. W. Bastock 388920 - Royal Engineers