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Lives lost on this day: 5

7th June 1918 - Ombersley Man’s Cut Artery

Rolling casualty count: 10016

War Front:

2nd Batt: 2nd Lt R Bennett joined the Batt as Intelligence Officer. B and C Coys ready to occupy flank defences. A and C Coys working with the RE during the night.

4th Batt: All Rifle Grenadiers of W Coy paraded under Lt HC Hiscock for 3 hours instruction in the use of the No 36 Rifle Grenade and Discharger. Live bombs were fired. The range at Grand Hasard was allotted to Y and Z Coys for one and a half hours each. Drums beat Retreat at the 15th Corps HQ and were congratulated by Corps Commander, Lt Gen Sir Beauvoir de Lisle KCBDSC.

Home Front:

The funeral of Captain F. Ames, of Hawford, who for 20 years was Master of the Worcestershire Hunt, took place at Claines Church on Thursday. It was attended by a number of hunting friends and of present and former hunt servants.

Prisoners: With reference to Pte. A.W. Price (Husband of Mrs. Price, 26, Bedwardine Road, St. John’s), who was reported missing, and is now a prisoner, his wife has received a letter from a comrade. From this it appears that Pte. Price had gone temporarily to relieve a comrade who was operating a telephone. The enemy made a raid in force, and the few British had to retire. Pte. Price, however, did not leave his post, and was in consequence captured. [see 5th May]

Sec.-Lieut. L. Brewer (son of Mr. and Mrs. W. Brewer, Colwyn House, Wylds Lane, Worcester) has been wounded. He joined up at the beginning of the war, and went out in the same year. He was gassed and wounded, and later chosen for a commission, for which he trained and was duly gazetted. Before the war he was an architect’s clerk in the employ of Messrs. Yeates and Jones, Foregate Street.

Ombersley Man’s Cut Artery: A workman named Joseph Rantel, was found dead in Cow Lane by the police on Thursday morning. The man had been using an edged tool at his work, and accidentally cut an artery in one leg. No one was with him at the time, and being unable to reach home after crawling some distance, he evidently laid himself down, and died during the night from loss of blood.

At the Cathedral today, there was a commemorative service of singular interest and of historic significance. Seven hundred years ago the Cathedral, after rebuilding was completed (not the building as it now stands, of course – it has been altered since), and on June 7th, it was dedicated with impressive ceremony and there was a notable assembly. Today the 700th anniversary of the dedication was commemorated with equally imposing ceremonial, and it was attended by high ecclesiastical and civil dignatories.

City Police Court: Ora Pro Nobis: Wm. Harris (64), labourer, of no fixed abode, was charged with being drunk in Church Street, and pleaded guilty. He said that he was an old soldier, and had “bled for his country in three wars.” If they would let him off this time, he would pray for the Bench twice a day for one month. The Chairman fined prisoner 2s. 6d., saying that he hoped this would not deprive them of this prayers.

Poor Fruit Outlook: Sir C. Bathurst, Chairman of the Sugar Commission, stated that our stocks of sugar represent three months’ supplies. The fruit crop will be far less satisfactory than had been anticipated. The autumn crop of hard fruit will be very poor – very few plums, possibly no pears, and not an average crop of apples. The soft fruit crop promises to be more abundant, but strawberries, gooseberries, and currants will not be up to the average. It is proposed, therefore, that the issue of sugar intended for the autumn hard fruits shall be issued in July so that it may be available for the later soft fruits. Mr. Clynes, replying to the debate, appealed to brewers and publicans to consider the claims of men who, afterworking till late at night, find themselves unable to get any beer because others have drunk more than their share. Beer, he said, could be rationed on voluntary lines.

Information researched by The Worcestershire World War 100 team