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Key dates over October 1914

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Lives lost on this day: 4

2nd October 1914 - Persistent sniping and shelling

2nd Batt: Left Dhuizel at 4:30am to bivouac at Vauxtin and continue work on the trenches. At 6:30 pm orders to relieve 17th Infantry Brigade. Crossed the River Aisne by pontoon bridge south of Chavonne to entrench north of Soupir. Germans are entrenched 750 yards to our front.

3rd Batt: Left Augy and relieved 1st Wilts on outpoint line at Chassemy.

The Worcester Relief Fund: £3250;

St Mark's, Cherry Orchard: Lady Beauchamp kindle performed the opening ceremony for a sale of work. Among the attractions were stalls for fruit, flowers, and garden produce, plain and fancy needlework, a number of games and competitions, as well as entertainments in the schoolroom. The proceeds are to be divided between the church expenses and the Worcester War Relief Fund;

Worcestershire Artilleryman's Optimism: Mrs Hill of Ombersley has received correspondence from her husband, Mr F Hill, serving with the RFA in France: "It makes my heart bleed to see the people leaving their homes, and they are such nice people too. I must not say too much about things I have seen as it might stop the letter getting through." Mr Hill is by trade a baker, at one village they stopped for a couple of hours, there was a baker's oven, and he set to and baked some bread for the troops. They were very glad of it, because as a rule they only had biscuits. The proprietor of the bakehouse found a ready sale, selling large loaves for 1s each;

Artillery Recruiting: Most gratifying progress has been made with recruitment for the new Brigade of Artillery, which is now within about 20 of its establishment. There were 23 Officers & 597 men the majority of which came from the following centres: Kidderminster 250, Worcester 200, Malvern 50, Redditch 30. In addition, it should be remembered that each of these centres provided the greater part of the main Brigade now on service in the South of England;

Col. Edward's Gratitude: Col. C.M Edwards, commanding the Depot Worcs Regt, desires to thank most sincerely those kind friends in the county who have generously sent him gifts of clothing, blankets etc for the large body of recruits (over 6000 in number) who have passed through the Depot to join the Special Reserve Battalions and the Worcs Battalions of the New Army. A large number of men are now in, or shortly going to camp on Salisbury Plain, where the nights are very cold. Blankets and Cardigan jackets could be much appreciated by the soldiers.

Information researched by Sue Redding