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Key dates over August 1918

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Lives lost on this day: 1

1st August 1918 - Teacher’s Body Found in Canal

Rolling casualty count: 10279

War Front:

1st Batt: Batt in trenches at Mericourt Sector. Enemy carried out a gas shelling attack. Casualties were 7 officers and 31 OR. Two OR joined the Batt.

2nd Batt: Capt. EO Underhill joined the Batt. L Coy ,3rd Batt 119th American Infantry Reg was attached to our Batt for instructional purposes. One OR was wounded.

4th Batt: Batt at Zuypteene, west of Cassel, preparing to move. At 6pm the Batt route marched to La Kreule, arriving about 10 pm, and were billeted in tents and shelters.

Yeomanry/Cavalry: Regiment still in Latron in the mountain area where it is not so hot.

Home Front:

Distressing Worcester Tragedy – Teacher’s Body Found in Canal – This morning the body of Miss Agnes Blackwell was found in the canal near Lowesmoor Bridge. Miss Blackwell is a daughter of Mr Henry Blackwell of Middle Street. She was a teacher and held a post at Barry. Early Saturday morning her father went to take her a cup of tea, but she was missing from her bedroom. She had a breakdown in health some four years ago and had never been well since. She had come home because of ill health and had been here a month, being attended by Dr Pollard. She was 35 years of age.

Blind College Boat Club – A Successful Season – By winning two out of three races, in which their fours were competing at the St Dunstan’s Regatta, recently held at Putney, Worcester College brought a very successful season to a close. St Dunstan’s having some 600 men to choose from, were able to put several fours on the water. These fours were opposed to crews from Worcester College, The College Old Boys, Westminster School and Emanuel School. Their best crew were put against Worcester College and were considerably helped by the fact that the races were rowed in heavy tub fours. The College put up an excellent fight, but the soldiers’ superior weight told and they won a hard race by two lengths

Information researched by the Worcestershire World War 100 team