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Key dates over October 1914

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Lives lost on this day: 1

10th October 1914 - German forces take the Belgian city of Antwerp

Rolling casualty count 158

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

3rd Batt: Relieved RI Rifles on outpoint at Pernes.

The Worcester Relief Fund: over £3560: 29s 6d has been collected from the key-shaped collecting box which is kept outside the Guildhall. It is labelled "The Key to the Situation";

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Pte A Dobbins, a Worcester man, recently returned from the Front relates his experiences. He belongs to the 2nd Batt Worcs Regt and lives at 27 Blockhurst Street. Describing the Aisne Battle, Pte Dobbins said: 'We called the place "the valley of death", so fast were the men put out of action....'We found a number of Germans in the ruins of a house, dead drunk in the cellars, and made them prisoners';

At the Silver Cinema, the chief picture shown is the 'Loss of the Birkenhead.' It is appropriate to illustrate at this moment (when so much courage is being shown by our soldiers and sailors on land and sea) the gallant way in which in 1852 the troops who were being transported in the Birkenhead met their death when she floundered.

George Geck, an hotel waiter, who is a registered alien, was charged with keeping pigeons. It was stated that a police-sergeant heard the birds cooing, and made the arrest. The prisoner declared his willingness to sell the pigeons and give the money to the National Fund. The police said the prisoner had been sentenced to 6 months’ hard labour for threatening to murder, and 3 months’ hard labour for false pretences. The magistrate said the prisoner had not told the truth about the pigeons, he sentenced him to 6 months’ hard labour, and said he would be recommended for deportation.

Information researched by Sue Redding