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Key dates over June 1918

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Lives lost on this day: 7

24th June 1918 - Soldier writing to parents describing internment in Germany

Rolling casualty count: 10173

War Front:

1st Batt: Batt saw pictures of the trenches of the enemy`s position in the vicinity of Hooge and Westhoek taken from the air.

3rd Batt: Batt moved to the old prisoner of war camp near Connantre.

4th Batt: The baths at Acquin were allotted to the Batt for the whole day for the complete disinfection of all clothing.

1/7th Batt: Batt moved to camp at Rua where 144th Brigade was concentrated for rest and training.

1/8th Batt: Batt moved back to camp at Rua for rest and retraining.

Home Front:

Corpl. Pegg, 8th Worcs. Regt., who is interned at Townly Hall, The Hague, Holland, writing to his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Pegg, Crown Street, Barbourne says: “It is like being in Heaven after being in that swine of a country they call Germany. Thank goodness I am out of it, for I would sooner die than do another two years there. I got lots of imprisonment. First I got 2 weeks for going to strike a sentry, but he gave me a slap across the face and of course I went to pitch into him, but two other guards came up and stopped me with their bayonets. When they got me in the cells they knocked me about with keys and the butts of rifles and gave me bread and water. When I came out I was very sore for weeks. They wanted me to go to work, but I told them I would not and they put me back again. About 2 weeks after they put a lot of us to stand at attention for over 2 hours and being weak from my last punishment and as they had put us in the sun, I fell to the ground. I was dead beat and half starving, for they stopped our food parcels for a while and gave us thin cabbage and water and a small piece of bread. They gave me 6 more days for that, as they said I was shamming”. The writer goes on to say that the people of Holland are very kind and although the food might be improved, he is very comfortable.

The Mayor presided at meeting held at the Guildhall, Worcester, on Monday, to consider the question of forming a cadet corps for the city.The Mayor said the meeting had been called to see if they could not form a cadet corps for the city for boys between the ages of 14 and 18. He could not help thinking this establishment of an organisation of this kind would have a dual effect. It would be very greatly to the advantage of employers, because if the young people in works were organised, it would help the discipline in the works and such organisations were very fine things for the young people themselves. Mr. Priestley said a boy who had a cadet training had a good chance of getting a commission. The objects of the Juvenile Organisation Committee enhanced the whole life of the boys and girls and did not apply merely to cadets. They could spend as much money on an open-air swimming pool as on a cadet corps. It was decided to from a Juvenile Organisation Committee.

Information researched by The Worcestershire World War 100 team