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Lives lost on this day: 6

10th August 1918 - Worcester Coal Vendors Fined

Rolling casualty count: 10352

War Front:

1st Batt: There was drill, gas drill and sports organised. Five officers and 4 OR joined the Batt.

2nd Batt: The Commanding Officer inspected B Echelon of Minimum Reserve. Coys cleaned up and kit inspections were held.

3rd Batt: The batt held the ground it had won and later the Royal Warwicks took over the line.

At 4am the attack was launched provoking enemy artillery retaliation. At 7am the 74th Infantry brigade gained their objectives. Batt HQ and 2 remaining Coys moved into the right end of West Ridge. There were many casualties- Lt C Greenhill and Lt McKay were killed and Lt Randle was fatally wounded. 10 other ranks were killed and 41 wounded.

4th Batt: Batt HQ now at Pradelles. The support line was heavily shelled and our artillery retaliated fiercely.

Home Front:

Worcester Coal Vendors Fined – Selling Coal Short Weight – At the City Police Court, John Smith, Elephant and Castle Inn, Lowesmoor, was charged with exporting for sale a sack of coal containing less than was represented. The defendant was seen delivering coal from a dray, he had bags purporting to containing ½ cwts and 1 cwts. The Inspector weighed 181/2 cwt bags and found that only two were correct and there was a total shortage of 123lbs in the 39 bags weighed. Mr Maund defending said that the defendant had no intention of defrauding his customers. He had honourably conducted his business for 26 years. Defendant was fined £6.

West Malvern Flower Show – Encouraging Food Production – West Malvern and Mathon Horticultural Show took place on Thursday in the grounds of St James’s. The entries were equal in number to those of last year and the quality was up to the old standard. Honorary exhibits including a handsome collection of fruit, vegetables and flowers were shown by Miss Baird and Miss Price, St. Olave’s (gardener Mr H Partridge). The Chairman thought that the Society was doing the right thing in holding the exhibition, which had become more of a vegetable and fruit show than a flower show. By this means they had been able to increase the cultivation of garden produce in the neighbourhood.

Information researched by The Worcestershire World War 100 team