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Key dates over August 1918

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Lives lost on this day: 3

24th August 1918 - On this day

Rolling casualty count: 10426

War Front:

1st Batt: The trench was completed and manned. Two officers and 38 ORs were affected by gas.

2nd Batt: The Divisional Commander presented medal ribands to officers and men for the action at Neuve Eglise in April.

4th Batt: In the pm the enemy sent over much gas, using mustard, phosgene lachrymatory and several men were sent to the MO. Enemy balloons were up on the Corps Front in spite of 7 balloons being brought down. One of our airmen was seen to be brought down by AA fire in the enemy lines.

2/8th Batt: Two platoons of the Batt prepared to rush the enemy position at Sec while a similar force of 1/6th Glos raided Ave. At 10.15pm the British guns opened fire and men rushed forward led by Lt WS Gundry. Within minutes the trenches had been cleared for a 100 yards right and left. 12 enemy were killed in the trenches and several other were killed by rifle fire as they ran. 3 prisoners were captured.

Home Front:

Worcestershire and The War – Bromsgrove Men’s Distinctions – Sergt Major W Kimberley, D.C.M., late of the Royal Scot Fusiliers, son of Mr W Kimberley, of Red Cross, Bromsgrove, has been granted a commission in the Australian Forces, and is engaged in training troops at Geelong. Lieut Kimberley served in the South African War and was wounded at the battle of Colento.

Local War Honours – Military Cross – Lieut (Act. Capt.) P Hargreaves, Worcs., For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty during long operations, when his battalion was heavily engaged. He displayed the greatest courage and skill in assisting to direct the withdrawal, frequently under intense fire, and it was largely due to his untiring energy and resource that the battalion maintained its organisation and cohesion as it did.

Information researched by The Worcestershire World War 100 team