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Lives lost on this day: 1

6th July 1918 - Worcester Collection

Rolling casualty count: 10210

War Front:

2nd Batt: It was very hot and Coys rested, preparing for the Front Line. Four officers and 6 NCOs of the US Army were attached to the Batt for instruction. At 9.30pm, B and C Coys relieved the Front Line Coy, 11th Essex Reg. The right of the Batt rests on the broad gauge railway running past Scottish Wood. At 11.45pm the Glasgow Highlanders carried out a raid with 4 officers and 100 ORs. Two prisoners were taken. The enemy retaliated hard on our Support Coy. 1 OR was killed and 4 wounded

4th Batt: Coys were on a tactical exercise. A working party of 1 officer and 50 ORs was found. The Brigade Sports started at 2pm. The Batt won the Brigade Cup presented by Brigadier general BC Freyburg VC, DSO, with 48 points. The 2nd Leinster Reg had 39 points. Y Coy beat the 88th Brigade HQ by 3 goals in the semi –final of the football competition, leaving W and Y Coys in the final.

1/7th and 1/8th Batts: Batts resting and refitting.

Home Front:

Matinee in London Theatre: The matinee at the Queen’s Theatre, London, was organised by the Viscount and Viscountess Deerhurst and was in aid of the Prisoners of War Fund, Worcestershire Regiment. In a short speech from the stage, Lieut – Col. W. Chichester, an ex-prisoner of war, pleaded for the rank and file. He said that at Cambrai a German doctor refused to attend any but officers and expressed surprise that the doctors of other nations should trouble their heads about such people. But for the fortnightly parcels, costing 10s. a piece, many prisoners had assured him and Mrs. Wodehouse that they could not have survived. Before the collection was made it was stated that the matinee had realised over £500.

Worcester Collection: In common with many other towns and cities in the country, Worcester is today making a collection of silver and gold in commemoration of the Silver Wedding of King George and Queen Mary. It is hoped that Worcester’s share in this pleasing and picturesque way of marking the event will be worthy of the occasion. As the Mayor explained at the City Council on Tuesday, all the gold and silver articles (excepting those of special value, which will be sold) will be melted down by the Mint and the whole of the proceeds handed to the British Red Cross Fund. The articles will be despatched to London by his Worship and a list of donors will be sent to Buckingham Palace as evidence of the widespread and spontaneous desire of the nation to mark the Silver Wedding by some token of loyalty. Up to 4 o’clock this afternoon there had been a good response to the appeal for gold and silver to commemorate the Royal Silver Wedding. The collection comprised gold and silver articles of all descriptions, such as forks, spoons, dishes, photo frames, flower vases, boxes, silver tops, sugar tongs, cups, etc., a £2 Jubilee coin and silver Jubilee coins, a 4oz. bar of silver and some gold ornaments.

Local News: About 700 workers at a Worcester factory went this morning on a water trip to the Lower Lode, Tewkesbury.

Presentation to Mr. C.A.W. Saxton: On Friday, at the Co-operative Hall, Mr. C.A.W. Saxton, late Piecework Inspector and Checker at Worcester G.W.R. Carriage and Wagon Shops, was presented with a barometer by his fellow-workers on his severance from the G.W.R. Company after 33 years’ service, to take up an appointment as Organising Secretary of the Midland Counties’ Co-operative Society. He was the workmen’s representative of the Hospital contributors connected with the Works and one of the Auditors of the War Savings Association attached to the Offices and for such services thanks were unanimously passed.

Information researched by The Worcestershire World War 100 team