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Lives lost on this day: 21

21st September 1914 - Lieutenant Spreckley killed in action, 14th September

2nd Battalion casualties: L/Cpl. Herbert Bromage 9084; Pte. John Cottrill 10085 []; Capt. Reginald Whitmore Pepys; Sgt. Albert Henry Taylor 9303

3rd Battalion casualties: Pte. Douglas Benoit 7689; Pte. Frederick Brown 9703; Pte. Albert Butler 8631; Sergt. George William Coleman 5521; Pte. Thomas Cornish 7086; L/Cpl. George Eden 8026; Pte. Ernest Everton 7548; Pte. George Giles 7404; Pte. Arthur Grubb 12834; Pte. Arthur Louis Kings 10100; Pte. Ernest Lockley 7533; Pte. Edgar Charles Parker 13398; Pte. Thomas Rea 7499; Pte. James Smith 10495; Pte. Thomas Studholme 4864; L/Cpl. John Henry Wale 12980; Sgt. Samuel Charles Wellings 6553

2nd Batt: Usual bombardment continued. 'C' company more casualties from shell fire. Reinforcements arrive, 93 men from 3rd Batt. Captain R H Pepys died of wounds. Battalion relieved by Coldstream Guards and marched back to Dhuize to refit. Out of range of enemy guns for the first time since 22 August. 3rd Batt: Trenches Vailly: Some shelling but quiet day, 2 wounded.

Lt Ralph Lessingham Spreckley had been killed in action. Educated at Bromsgrove and Sandhurst, he was the youngest of 4 brothers in the King's service. The eldest, Lt Malcolm Spreckley was part of the Mediterranean fleet with the Navy; A F Spreckley was 2nd Lt with the 9th Gurkhas and Mr G L Spreckley joined the Public School Corps of Kitchener's Army. They were members of the brewing family in Worcester

LOCAL HOP GROWERS’ ASSOCIATION – Efforts to Capture German Trade. The season’s crop was good, and generally clean, and it was hoped that prices would be good. There was an opportunity for merchants and brewers to adopt the suggestion of the Colonial Office to cut out German and Austrian trade. He trusted, therefore, that as patriotic Englishmen our merchants and brewers would refuse to purchase any German or Austria hops, and thus secure a larger and better market for our home produce.