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Lives lost on this day: 3

16th August 1918 - Worcestershire Deserter and Silver Badge

Rolling casualty count: 10379

War Front:

1st Batt: Batt embused at 4 pm and relieved the 6th Highland Light Infantry in their Oppy Sector. Relief complete by 9.30pm and Sector was quiet.

2nd Batt: Batt C Coy working on GHQ and the Line. A Coy carrying to the Line and working all night.

4th Batt: Coys at the disposal of OC Coys for inspections and drill. A cricket match was held in the evening, officers versus Sgts and Sgts won.

Home Front:

Wor’shire Deserter and Silver Badge – James Brookes (21) of New Canal Street, Birmingham, was sentenced to 14 days’ imprisonment in the Police Court in the city for illegally wearing a discharged soldier’s silver badge, the Magistrate taking into consideration the statement made by the prisoner that he had served in France and had been wounded. He was also committed to await an escort for being a deserter from the Worcestershire Regiment. Chief Inspector Davies stated that when he met Brookes on Coleshill Street on August 5th, he produced a soldier’s discharge paper bearing the name of William Sutherland, which had been missed by the rightful owner. The badge he was wearing had been lost by a man named Bird.

Local War Honours – Officers and Men “Mentioned” – It is announced by the War Office that the names of the aforementioned have been brought to the notice of the Secretary of State for War for valuable services rendered in connection with the war: Capt W Hill, Worcestershire Regt, Capt C Lilley, Worcestershire Regt, Capt C Pigg M.C., Worcestershire Regt, Lieut (Temp Capt) C Ralston M.C., Worcestershire Regt.

Information researched by The Worcestershire World War 100 team