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Key dates over August 1918

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Lives lost on this day: 3

20th August 1918 - Local Honours Military Cross Awarded

Rolling casualty count: 10384

War Front:

2nd Batt: the transport moved by road to Wormhoudt en route for Watten area. Coys paraded for medical inspections.

3rd Batt: Batt moved back to the forward area near Locon.

4th Batt: Weather cloudy but enemy artillery still very active, firing on Strazeele. Enemy aircraft busy during the day, flying low over our lines. Batt moved to the Front Line relieving the 2nd SW Borderers in the right sub-sector. An enemy machine gun swept the road through Outtersteene Village. Major JR Frend DSO, 2nd Leinster Reg took over command of the Batt. A draft of 6 OR joined.

Home Front:

Wor’shire Prisoners of War – County to Raise £80,000 – at a largely attended and influential meeting called by the Lord Lieutenant at the Shirehall today, Lord Coventry, who presided stated that last year he asked the county to subscribe £14,000; £22,630 was raised and today in consequence of the great increase in prisoners, he asked for £80,000.

Local Honours – Military Cross – T. Capt (Act. Maj.) J.L. Partington R.S. after an enemy attack had developed and it became necessary to evacuate certain light railway rolling stock and personnel, he went forward and remained under severe shell fire during a night, organising the withdrawal. It was due to his prompt action, courage and personal example that the evacuation was carried out successfully and most valuable property saved, including seven trucks of heavy ammunition from a dump, after orders had been for its destruction. Major Partington is the eldest son of the late Mr John Partington of Norton Grange, Worcester.

Information researched by The Worcestershire World War 100 team