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Key dates over July 1918

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Lives lost on this day: 3

16th July 1918 - Former Tsar Nicholas II and his family executed by the Bolsheviks

Rolling casualty count: 10243

War Front:

2nd Batt: A Coy provided working party on 1 line. 120 American Infantry Reg was attached to Batt and distributed to all Coys. There was heavy counter preparation on the Corps Front. LT Col CJL Storey DSO, MC, went on leave.

4th Batt: Batt paraded for the Brigade Tactical Scheme. Blank ammunition, green, red and white Verey Lights and rattles were issued to coys for signalling the progress made. 4 CQMS and Sergeant Cook attended a demonstration of cooking at Lumbres.

Home Front:

Tons of Gifts to Queen: The Queen accepted her shower of silver wedding gifts at St. James’ Palace on Monday. The gifts, which numbered more than 600,000 were of the value of £50,000, not including the money contribution of £9,268 and a large collection of silver articles which have not yet been valued. The accumulated weight was so great that not all the gifts could be displayed for fear of over-weighting the floors of Queen Anne’s drawing room - where Princess Beatrice made the formal presentation – and the Tapestry Room. There were forests of sticks and crutches, stacks of blankets and shirts and dressing gowns, libraries of books, and great heaps of tobacco, stationery, soap, games, gramophones, while the pile of socks would have withstood the assault of a motor-omnibus, although only a third of the total gifts were on view. An American woman, 102 years of age, sent 100 handkerchiefs which she had hemmed.

Information researched by The Worcestershire World War 100 team