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Lives lost on this day: 3

11th June 1918 - Prisoner of war at Limberg in Germany

Rolling casualty count: 10035

War Front:

1st Batt: The 1/8th Composite Batt was relieved in the Line.

3rd Batt: Weather intensely hot. In the evening the 7th Infantry Brigade was withdrawn from the line and moved to bivouacs near Middle Farm.

4th Batt: Pte H Royal was awarded the MM. Running, swimming and football sports were held between the Batt and the 2nd Hants Reg, with this Batt winning all events.

Home Front:

The death took place at Ashperton House, Astwood Road, on Sunday evening, of Mr. David Compley, after an illness of about six months. Deceased was for 40 years in the employ of the Great Western Railway Company, during part of that time acting as goods and passenger driver, and latterly as night foreman in the engine sheds at Shrub Hill. He was a member of the Brotherhood and a regular attendant. He leaves four daughters and two sons. The funeral will take place at Astwood at 3 o’clock.

Mrs. G. Darling, of 16, Tennis Walk, Worcester, has received official news that her husband, Pte. W.J. Darling, Worcestershires, is a prisoner of war at Limberg in Germany. Pte. Darling has also sent a card home to say that he is quite well. He joined up in 1916, and has been out in France for 18 months, being twice wounded. Before joining up he was employed at Messrs. Williamson and Sons’ Providence Works.

News has been received by Mrs. Smith, of Chapel Lane, Fernhill Heath, that her son, Pte. Clifford Smith, of the Royal Hants. Regt., has been gassed, and is now in the Canadian Hospital at the Base, France. Pte. Smith joined the Army two years ago, being attached to the Somerset Yeomanry. He was afterwards transferred to his present Regiment, and has been in France nine months. Previous to joining the Army he was employed in the gardens on the Hindlip estate. Mrs. Smith has two more sons serving.

A little boy, named James Jones, age 10 years, St. Martin’s Gate (whose father died of wounds in the war), was drowned in the canal near George Street Bridge (where so many fatalities have occurred) on Saturday afternoon. He had been in the water some time before his body was recovered at 5.15 by George Henry Brandon, 1, John Street. Every effort was made by artificial respiration, by Dr. Bennett (who arrived a few minutes later) to revive the body, but he had gone too far, and at 6 o’clock the body was removed to the mortuary. The inquest will be held this evening.

Brawn and Rissoles: The Ministry of Food announce that, in respect of one coupon on an ordinary meat card, there may now be purchased 24oz of brawn made only from the residue of meat manufacture or the manufacture of meat essence, and sold by retail at a price not exceeding 1s. 4d. per lb. Rissoles made from the waste trimmings of meat and bone may be sold and bought without any coupons, provided that the quantity of rissoles sold in any week shall not exceed 2 per cent of the total value of meat or meat articles sold in the shop during that period, and that such rissoles are sold at a price not exceeding 1d. per ounce.

More Local Honours: A further list of Birthday Honours includes the names of several local ladies and gentlemen who have been appointed officers of the Order of the British Empire. These include:- Mrs. Lucy Baldwin, Commandant and Donor, Wilden Auxiliary Hospital, Stourport, Like her husband, Mr. Stanley Baldwin, M.P., Mrs. Baldwin has rendered devoted service during the period of the war.

Information researched by The Worcestershire World War 100 team