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Key dates over August 1918

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Lives lost on this day: 6

2nd August 1918 - Newland Women Charged with Murder

Rolling casualty count: 10285

War Front:

1st Batt: An enemy aeroplane was brought down by Lewis Gun fire. Six OR were gassed.

2nd Batt: Daylight patrols were out all along our Front all day. A raid was carried out by the batt on our right and 5 prisoners were taken. Our fighting patrols were out at night seeking identification not secured by the batt on our right. Nine ORs were wounded.

4th Batt: It rained hard most of the day but was dry about 10 pm when the batt moved into the Line, relieving the 8th Batt AIF, 2nd Brigade, in the right of Strazeele Sector. Enemy artillery active at night on Strazeele, Merris and Battery positions Batt HQ, QM Stores and Transport were camped on the northern end of Hazebrouk.

1/8th Batt: the batt made a sudden raid on Gaiga South where an entrenched Railway cutting was held by the enemy.

Home Front:

Sequel to Child’s Death – Newland Women Charged – Margaret Allo, aged 33, munitions worker, whose home is at Newland near Malvern, was remanded at Birmingham on Saturday charged with causing the death of her female child on or about 31st July. The body of a female child was found in Handsworth Park, and at the inquest the jury returned a verdict of “Wilful murder against some person unknown”.

The Diglis Rescues – Credit to Whom – In describing the rescue from the Severn and from Diglis Lock in connection with the steamer accident on Friday evening, our reporter in Saturday’s early edition paid credit to the energy and courage of a wounded soldier. Miss Bradley had spoken of his invaluable help, but at the time she was not able to identify him, and upon receipt of a communication from Norton Barracks that praise was bestowed rightly upon Pte R Collins of the 1st Herts Regiment, now a patient at the Military Hospital there. Later in the day another communication was received claiming that the credit was due to another soldier from another institution, and in a later edition praise was bestowed upon both.

Information researched by The Worcestershire World War 100 team