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Key dates over August 1914

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Lives lost on this day: 0

31st August 1914 - Sergeant Edwards promoted

Sgt. Thomas Edwards was promoted to 2nd Lt at the age of 28. He had been in the army since he was 14 and , until recently , had been associated with the 3rd. Worcs. Battalion (now the new 9th Batt.); 2nd Worcs Batt marched via Pommiers into bivouac at Laversine.

Terms of Enlistment issued: 'Any man enlisted in the Army under present conditions will be DISCHARGED WITH ALL SPEED POSSIBLE THE MINUTE THE WAR IS OVER, whether this lasts 3 weeks or 3 years. Should the war last more than 3 years their continuance of service will be OPTIONAL.;

Mr George Bracken of Ombersley wrote to dispel some 'absurd rumours' about himself and to declare his loyalty: An 'alleged act of flag burning' had only the accidental destruction of a toy flag on a bicycle.

Ladies of the Droitwich Sewing Club, led by the Mayoress, were making large numbers of garments for soldiers and sailors Sgt Willmore had written to thank them on behalf of the Droitwich Territorials.

There had been a rapid increase in membership and attendance at Worcester Rifle Club since the first stories of German atrocities.