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Lives lost on this day: 3

19th June 1918 - The Motor Spirit (Consolidation) and Gas Restriction Order

Rolling casualty count: 10155

War Front:

1st Batt: Two officers and 226 OR joined the Batt.

2nd Batt: Rain fell on a quiet day. Final arrangements for the raid were made. A Coy relieved B Coy in the Front Line. 2nd Lt J Watkins Jones returned from hospital. 3 OR wounded.

4th Batt: At 12.45am the 2nd Leinsters raided Lug Farm with excellent artillery support, capturing 1 wounded German and 2 machine guns.

10th Batt: The survivors of the Batt were absorbed into the 19th Division under Col Whalley`s command.

The career of the 10th Batt was short but marked by some very hard battles. 800 men had given their lives in the ranks of the Batt. One Victoria Cross and 12 Military Crosses had been won.

1/7th Batt: The beloved Divisional Commander, Sir Robert Fanshawe left the Division. He was revered by all ranks in his command.

Home Front:

To the Editor: Sir, can you allow me a line to thank the anonymous soldier who, out of the meagre pay he receives, could yet spare the five-franc note which he sent me for the woman whose lad was drowned in the Severn? I should like to let “Somewhere in France” know that I have had it. Your paper evidently is much read in the trenches. I feel quite sure that I know that soldier quite well; at any rate, I know the district where one finds this sort of spirit. Wishing him the best of luck. Yours truly, E.G. Band. Hound’s Lane Council School.

Information has reached Worcester of the death in action of Capt. G. Meysey Hammond, of the Australian Expeditionary Force, who was well-known in the city. The son of a Pershore grocer, he was apprenticed to Mr. A.O. Mainwaring, High Street, Worcester and during his residence in the city he was a member of the Worcester Rowing Club. Later he returned to Pershore to assist his father, after which he went to Australia, where he received a Government appointment in the Postal Service. On the outbreak of war he joined the Expeditionary Force. He was wounded in Gallipoli and later went to France, where he took part in the Somme engagements, was again wounded (as the result of which he lost the use of his left arm) and received a commission for gallantry on the field. He also was awarded the Military Medal, the Military Cross and a Montenegrin Order. He was in Worcester only five weeks ago, when he visited friends.

The Motor Spirit (Consolidation) and Gas Restriction Order has been amended by an Order which permits petrol or petrol substitute, obtained by license, to be used for driving a motor cab “on any sudden or urgent necessity where life or limb is, or may be, endangered” and for the conveyance of a sick or injured person to a place where he may receive treatment, or to or from a hospital or nursing home. A motor cab may also be used for visits to a person who is dangerously ill. Under the original Order private motor vehicles only might be used for such purposes.

Mr. and Mrs. Flexman, of 2, Barbourne Terrace, have received a notification that their third son, Walter Edward, an Observer in the Royal Air Force, was killed in action in France on the 13th inst.

Gnr. A.R. Till R.F.A, son of Mrs. Till, 47, The Shambles, has been admitted to hospital in Leicester suffering from trench fever. He has previously suffered from gas burns and enteric fever. His twin brother, Dvr. William Till, R.F.A., was discharged two years ago. He was in Nantwich Hospital for many months suffering from shell shock. A third brother, Pte. G.R. Till, of the Worcestershire Regiment is also in England recovering from shell shock, but expects to be sent overseas shortly. There is only one of the four brothers who has not been wounded or disabled, and he is Pte. H. Till, who has been in the Army for 12 months and is serving in Palestine.

The General List: Today’s official list contains the names of 296 offices, of whom 30 are killed, 12 died of wounds, 133 are wounded and 110 are missing. Casualties in the ranks total 5,608; killed 462, died of wounds 210, died 73, wounded 3,193, missing 1,536; of whom 343 belonged to the Queen’s (Royal West Surrey Regiment).

Information researched by The Worcestershire World War 100 team