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Key dates over July 1918

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Lives lost on this day: 3

29th July 1918 - A distressing fatality occurred in Little Angel Street

Rolling casualty count: 10273

War Front:

2nd Batt: Two Coys training in use of ground. More working parties found.

4th Batt: Intelligence and Transport officers inspected the Blue Line assembly areas and Front Line, west of Bailleux.

14th Batt: Batt marched westward to St Leger.

Home Front:

Local Notes: It is noted that Mr. Ivor Atkins has attained his majority in the service of the Cathedral, for he was appointed 21 years ago. He keeps in touch and sympathy with the movements of each succeeding year, and during the war for the aid of one charity and another he has given many recitals on the Cathedral organ. In all he has given up to date some 110 recitals, and on Saturday next he will give yet another. It is to be on behalf of the Prisoners of War Fund, whose claims are irresistible. August 3rd is the eve of the anniversary of Great Britain’s Declaration of War, and Mr. Atkins has been guided by that recollection in arranging his programme. The “great sacrifice” by the brave of England and France will be commemorated by an organ transcription of Elgar’s “For the fallen.”

On Sunday a boy named William Ernest Ankers (12), of 19, King Street, climbed up the inside of the urinal on Sidbury Bridge, and when on the top fell into the canal. Frank Williams, a moulder, rescued the lad, who was clinging on a piece of timber, and with the assistance of Sergt. Short took him home.

A great holiday attraction is being provided for Tuesday next. On the County Cricket Ground, on behalf of the Mayor of Worcester’s Homes for Disabled Sailors and Soldiers. Some of the finest athletes in the Midlands will compete in cycle and flat racing. There will be a special race for soldiers (75 yards’ scratch). Handsome prizes are offered and they are now on show in the “Advertiser” Office window.

A distressing fatality occurred in Little Angel Street, on Sunday afternoon, about 2 o’clock. Lily Annie Jane Mapp, 2 years old, of 1 Court, Little Angel Street, was toddling across the road, in pursuit of a butterfly, when she ran into a Midland motor ‘bus. The vehicle, driven by a man named Martin, was slowing up; in fact it was only just in motion when the accident occurred. Directly the driver heard the cries of the women he stopped the ‘bus, but despite all that he could do one of the wheels passed over the child’s neck. The head was almost severed. Eye-witnesses state that while one of her brothers called her back she went on to follow a second and younger one across the road. When he saw his sister on the ground he did not realise that she was dead; he went up to her and said, “Come on, Lily, we’ll go home.”

Mr. and Mrs. J. Hail, of 9, Bromyard Road, St. John’s, have received news, through the Prisoners’ of War Committee, that their youngest son, Sergt. J. Hail, M.M., of the Worcesters, reported missing on May 27th, is a prisoner in Germany, and is well.

Information researched by The Worcestershire World War 100 team