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Key dates over June 1918

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Lives lost on this day: 5

28th June 1918 - The Silver Thimble Fund

Rolling casualty count: 10187

War Front:

2nd Batt: Divisional Commander visited Batt HQ. Working party of 200 still on the Green Line. There was a lecture on German machine guns at Batt HQ. C Coy badly shelled and moved closer to Batt HQ.

4th Batt: Batt doing musketry from 8am to 2pm. After there was a knock-out inter platoon firing competition. With 2 platoons firing at 40 falling plates at 200 yards. No 1 platoon won. The first round of the Brigade inter-coy football competition started. Z Coy Worcs met Z Coy 2nd Hants and beat them 1 - 0. Draft of 27 OR arrived.

Home Front:

The Silver Thimble Fund: The war has taught us many ingenious ways of raising money for the numberless objects for which funds are needed. The “Silver Thimble” collection has been one of the successful efforts to make use of old thimbles and odds and ends of silver and gold, etc. and since July 1915, £37,000 have been collected and have been used to provide motor ambulances, motor hospital launches, dental surgery cares and a disinfector, while £2,500 have been contributed to the “Star and Garter” Fund, £2,000 to St. Dunstan’s Hostel for the Blind, £12,000 to Disabled Soldiers and Sailors and £450 have been given away in small grants.

For some time past Worcester has had to be content with two-thirds of its meat supply being frozen and one-third English. From next week the proportion of English meat allowed to be purchased by certificate is to be increased by one-half. As the butchers from Worcester, Malvern and Martley have to be supplied from the Worcester Cattle Market, it is hoped that the farmers in the area will send in a sufficient number of cattle and sheep to be graded next Monday.

Damage to Strawberry Beds: Lillie Butcher (20), Whinfield Road, Claines and Nellie Watkins (16), same address, were summoned for doing damage to strawberry plants and stealing strawberries, the property of George Richings, 42 Barbourne Road, Worcester. Prosecutor said that, in consequence of having missed strawberries from his allotment garden, he went there at 11 o’clock at night and found the young women picking strawberries and eating them. The strawberry patch was protected for 25 yards, but the defendants were 40 yards down the patch. They had done damage to the extent of 5s. They gave wrong names and addresses and when witness said he would take them to that address they admitted that it was false. Sgt. Cope said Butcher’s father had complained about the girl staying out at night. Watkin’s father was a soldier in France, her mother was dead and she lodged with the Butchers. Fined 10s. each.

Happily the weather was quite favourable for the first day of the fete arranged on the County Ground for Thursday and Saturday, in aid of the Mayor of Worcester’s Homes for Disabled Sailors and Soldiers. The ground, which in its natural state is one of the local beauty spots, never looked more charming. The picturesque pavilion had been converted into a flower arbour and the pleasing effect of many choice ferns and flowers arranged on the steps was heightened by the green and yellow bunting which flew aloft. The front of the professionals’ pavilion was utilised for a big rummage sale and the Ladies’ Enclosure was used for the refreshment and other stalls, which, pleasingly decorated with a mass of colour, made a remarkably effective picture. Up to 7 o’clock the sum of £500 was taken.

Information researched by The Worcestershire World War 100 team