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Key dates over June 1918

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Lives lost on this day: 4

12th June 1918 - War Office casualty list

Rolling casualty count: 10039

War Front:

1St Batt: Men of the 1/8th Composite Batt joined the transport.

3rd Batt: Day spent resting and refitting. The Corps and divisional CO made informal visits to congratulate the troops on their success in recent battles.

4th Batt: The 88th Infantry Brigade relieved the 86th Infantry Brig in the left sub sector of the Divisional Front at Vieux Berquin. This Batt relieved the 1st R Dublin Fusiliers. There were no casualties. Two platoons of Z Coy were at Sec bois Defences.

Home Front:

On Monday, at the Guildhall, the City Coroner held an inquest on the body of James Enoch Jones (10), of St. Martin’s Gate….Ernest George Carter, a boy of seven years of age, said that he played ewith Jones on the canal side. “Jimmy” (deceased) unfastened his shoes and socks and began bathing his forehead in water. The Coroner was unable to elicit from the boy any further information as to whether Jones had fallen in or had been pushed in. Mrs. Annie Kendall, of the New Inn, George Street, said her mother drew her attention to the fact that there was someone in the water. Witness looked through the window and saw a little boy’s head and hands above the water in the middle of the canal. Witness did not see anyone near by, but her mother immediately got the drag, which she gave to a Mr. Grandon. About ten minutes afterwards the boy was dragged out. Within the last two or three weeks two little girls had been rescued from the water in the same neighbourhood…The Jury returned a verdice of “Accidentally drowned,” and expressed their sympathy with the mother.

The General List: In the War Office casualty list, published today, appear the names of 103 officers of whom 7 are killed, three have died of wounds, 88 are wounded, four are missing, and one is a prisoner of the Germans. Casualties in the ranks total 5,328; killed 528, died of wounds 184, died 24, wounded 2,899, missing 1,645.

Admitted to the Infirmary: George Malpas (15), 20, Bank Street, a deaf and dumb boy, was admitted this morning to the Infirmary. The nature of his injuries is not stated, but they are not serious.

Many will remember Mr. George Westland, who for many years was head gardener to Earl Dudley at Witley Court, and who will be pleased to hear of a gallant act by his grandson, Mr. Joe Westland. He joined the Worcestershire Yeomanry, and was transferred to the Yorkshire Regiment, with whom he has served for about three years. He has been granted a special leave from the front for having voluntarily undergone a transfusion of 800cc (1½ pints) of his blood to a dying comrade, thereby saving his life.

Daniel Davis (58), of Hylton Road, Worcester, was admitted to the Infirmary this morning at 10.40 and died an hour afterwards. He sustained serious injuries this morning in an accident on the Severn Bridge. He was in charge of a load of manure, and as the pony was going up the incline of Worcester Bridge he caught hold of its bridle with one hand and took hold of the reins by the other. To urge on the animal he flicked it with the reins. This made it start. Presumably the unfortunate man slipped, for the next moment it was seen that the dray had gone over his body and head, and that blood was gushing from his mouth. He was immediately taken on a dray to the Infirmary.

Edward S. Nation, Tolladine Farm, was summoned for moving pigs from the market without a license. P.S. Calloway said that the defendant had never moved pigs before, and that he did not know a license was required. Henry Coombs, auctioneer, said that the defendant came from Somerset, and did not know the rules of the Worcester market, and the breach of the law had been committed in ignorance. Fined 1s. for each pig – 6s. in all.

Information researched by The Worcestershire World War 100 team