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Key dates over October 1914

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Lives lost on this day: 23

13th October 1914 - Mayor's son gets Commission

Rolling casualty count: 183

2nd Batt: At about 4pm French officers reconnoitred their position prior to taking over. At about 5pm the enemy shelled rather more than usual. French troops arrived at 11pm to take over the trenches.

3rd Batt: Sent out patrols and by 8am two companies occupying Richebourg St Vaast. Supported later by remainder of Battalion. Entrenched during the night.

It is proposed to raise 2 more service battalions for the Worcestershire Regt. These will be the 12th and 13th. Recruitment for these will commence at once and men are, therefore, urgently needed. The standard has been reduced. Whereas before the required height was 5' 6", it is now 5' 5". The chest measurement has also been lowered from 35.5" to 34". In consequence of the authorities raising the standard, a large number of willing men had to be turned away, while others knew that it would be useless for them to apply. Now, however, it is the opportunity for these men. They will be gladly welcomed;

Carpet Weavers to go Cider Making: Mr W Payne, President of the Kidderminster and Stourport Carpet Weavers’ Association, had remitted contributions of members to the extent of £145, and had voted £100 to aid their members owing to trade having been badly affected by the war. Some of the weavers were anxious as there was no employment for them, to go away for work temporarily, and 40 and 50 were probably going to Hereford to make cider.

Mr Philip Leicester, son of the Mayor of Worcester, has received a commission in the 11th Battalion of the Worcs Regt. This is one of the new Service Battalions, four of which have been or are being raised. Mr Leicester has long been keenly interested in rifle shooting, and as Hon Sec of the Worcester Rifle Club he has done much to encourage shooting among citizens.

Information researched by Sue Redding