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Key dates over July 1918

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Lives lost on this day: 5

17th July 1918 - Letter received from British Red Cross Society

Rolling casualty count: 10248

War Front:

2nd Batt: Two Germans of the 70th Reg were taken prisoner during the night

4th Batt: Baths were allotted to W, X, Y and Z Coys for de-lousing. NCOs were instructed in the use of a compass and map-reading. The final scores in the Football Competition was 2 goals all.

1/7th and 1/8th Batts: The 144th Brigade left Arzignano at dawn and reached Tezze at 7am when the day`s heat was making itself felt. At 10pm the march resumed.

Home Front:

City Council: The Mayor said that on August 4th each year the City and County had held a special meeting to express the citizens’ determination to continue the war. On this occasion they were asked to make a change. The Lord Mayor of London had sent a letter to all Mayors passing on a suggestion made by the King that there should be a service instead of a meeting, and that the day should be marked as “a day of remembrance.” The Mayor invited the Corporation and representatives of other public bodies to accompany him to the Cathedral on that day.

City Council: The Town Clerk read a letter from the British Red Cross Society thanking the Mayor for his collection of gold and silver on the silver wedding of the King and Queen. The Committee were communicating with those who sent contributions and their names would be sent, in a book, to Buckingham Palace.

Lce.-Cpl. W.G. Davis, Sherwood Foresters (husband of Mrs. Davis, 10, Victoria Place, London Road, Worcester), has been missing since March 21. He joined the Army in June, 1916, and went to France in the following December, and served there until March, 1918, when he was reported missing. He was wounded in the latter part of last year. Previously he was employed for many years by Messrs. Williamson, at whose works he acted as Secretary for the Workers’ Union.

Information researched by The Worcestershire World War 100 team