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Key dates over October 1914

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Lives lost on this day: 0

11th October 1914 - Arguments over billeted troops

Rolling casualty count: 158

2nd Batt: Still entrenched north of Soupir under enemy fire.

3rd Batt: Left Pernes at 9am, went into billets at Lannoy, east of Gonnenheim at 9pm.

Letter to the Editor from 'St John's': Sir, At present there are somewhat about 2000 men being lodged in different parts of Worcester, but they are conspicuous by their absence only in St John's. I feel sure the inhabitants of St John's are feeling the effect of the enhanced price of all food-stuffs, also at the falling off in trade, and many of them would be glad to piece out their diminished earnings by taking in 2 or 3 recruits...Surely out of 2000, some 200 or 300 could have been quartered in the district west of the river? It is a large area with plenty of good houses in it; also, it is healthy;

Mr H Yoxall of Worcester, who has been acting for several weeks as musketry instructor, has passed his examination and is now attached to the School of Musketry as Sgt-Major.

The concerts in the Public Hall for the entertainment of the ‘Terriers’ are becoming increasingly popular and one given for the 8th Batt WR, their relatives and friends was largely attended. (Friday) A most interesting item was a long bugle, ‘Reveille’, admirably played by Bandmaster WE Davies. Lt Barrow’s efforts were deservedly recognised, his ditties concerning the various officers of the Army caused a good deal of mirth. He was twice re-called, and each time his items were heartily welcomed.

Mr Preece, who holds the rank of Sgt Maj in the Veterinary Corps was injured when testing a bad-tempered horse, which other men had handled without much success. The animal is said to have been one of those that had been returned from the front owing to its condition. He had ridden it for three-quarters of an hour, during which time it jumped about and was almost uncontrollable. It was suggested that Mr Preece should dismount, but he persisted in riding, saying he would manage the animal. Eventually the horse tripped and fell, and rolled over its rider, who had one of his legs broken in two places.

Information researched by Sue Redding