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Key dates over October 1914

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Lives lost on this day: 40

21st October 1914 - The 2nd Worcestershires engaged in the Battles at Ypres

Rolling casualty count: 256

2nd Batt: 5am Advanced east towards Wallemglem, 4th guards on right, 1st Division on the left. Held up by a strong force of Germans, heavy fighting during the whole day and night. Casualties: 2 officers & 16 men killed, 39 wounded, 3 missing. Dug in hard during the night.

3rd Batt: Le Hue: Enemy attacked in foggy morning and broke through the line causing 3 platoons on right of Worcs Regt to fall back towards Heldegarde

American Dollars for Kidderminster: The firm of M J Whittall and Co, carpet manufacturers, of Worcester, Massachusetts, USA have sent the Mayor of Kidderminster 1000 dollars (£201-16s-4d) for the local relief fund. The principal and most of the carpet weavers were originally connected with Kidderminster, and went out to America. This is the third contribution which has come from carpet weavers in America for the local relief fund;

Miss G Lakin, Malvern, has received the following letter from Norton Barracks: ‘ Col Edwards is extremely obliged for the kind present (through Messrs Russell and Dorrell) from the hop pickers at Malvern Link. The blankets will be extremely useful to the men of the New Army.’;

The Canadian soldiers at Norton Barracks Hospital, who are being treated for various injuries, received during their training in England, write to say that they would be very pleased to see any Worcester people who would care to go out there. We learn from another source- though the Canadians do not mention it in their letter – that they would be grateful for any gifts or fruit.

Information researched by Sue Redding