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Key dates over October 1918

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Lives lost on this day: 15

10th October 1918 - Worcestershire and The War

Rolling casualty count: 11032

War Front:

1st Batt: Work started on a mule track from the Bailleux to Oppy Road to the Fresnes to Rouvroy Line by 1 Coy and the remainder of the Batt went forward again and occupied the Fresnes-Rouvroy Line, each Coy having 1 forward platoon in Constable. 21 OR joined the Batt.

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:

Worcestershire and The War – Mrs Phillips, The Hollies, Uphampton, Ombersley, who last week heard that her son, Pte T Philips, Worcestershires (missing since April), was a prisoner of war, has received a letter from him dated May 3rd, in which he says he is in the best of health and asks for her not to worry. He adds: “I am treated all right. All that I want is a smoke and soap and cakes”.

D.C.M. 22586 Corpl S Wilkinson, Worc. R. (Wolverhampton) For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty during a counter-attack. He used his Lewis gun with the greatest effect. Though wounded he remained with his gun team, heartening them in a splendid manner. He did not leave his post until the situation was completely restored and by his action undoubtedly did much to dislodge and rout the enemy.

Information researched by The Worcestershire World War 100 team