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Key dates over November 1914

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Lives lost on this day: 3

9th November 1914 - Absentees charged at Brierley Hill

Rolling casualty count: 478

2nd Batt: In the trenches;

3rd Batt: Ploegsteert: In billets. Machine guns delivered to trenches with E Lancs Regt at 7:20 pm. Battn turned out in Reserve at 11pm.

An unusually large number of Territorials attended the parade to the Cathedral on Sunday morning. Col Sir HF Grey was in charge of the parade, and the other officers were: Garrison Adjutant, Capt Vigors; Yeomanry: Artillery, Infantry. A Detachment of the 8th Battalion and the Yeomanry, now stationed in Essex, but who were home on leave, also attended. Before the Yeomanry were dismissed in the Shirehall Courtyard, the daughter of Col Grey presented Pte WD Harris with a long service medal. Some of the military attended St George’s Roman Catholic Church, and the Noncomformists Lady Huntingdon’s Free Church, being accompanied by members of the Voluntary Aid Detachment. Afterwards the Band of the 8th Battalion marched to the Infirmary grounds, where they played selections, an act of kindness which was greatly appreciated by the Belgian wounded soldiers and other patients.

Territorial Concert: The sergeants of the Malvern Company of the 8th (Reserve) Battalion WR have arranged for a concert to be given at the Public Hall. They have secured a musical party from Malvern. Col Dixon will preside at the entertainment, which will commence at seven o’ clock.

Absentee Worcesters: At Brierley Hill, Joseph Hinchmore and Samuel Grainger, privates in the 1st Battalion WR, were charged, in custody with being absentees without leave from their regiment at Winchester. Evidence was given by PCs Longman and Plummer that upon entering a licensed house at Kingswinford, they found prisoners drinking and describing the battle of Mons, in which both stated they were wounded. They had disposed of numerals and badges as “keepsakes.” Neither of the prisoners had yet been to the front. They were remanded in custody to await military escort.

Christmas Cheer for the Worcester Robins: Sir, - As there are many women and children (as usual) who, through no fault of their own, are in very poor circumstances (many through the man having been sent to prison, etc) in spite of the war fund’s most magnificent totals, I beg that you will kindly allow me to make my usual appeal on behalf of the Worcester Robins for Christmas cheer in their own homes. The war will, in some degree, affect these persons, but they will have no claim upon the War Relief Fund, or they will hesitate to make the application. Rabbits and meat of any kind (dead or alive), groceries, jam, flour, bread, vegetables, clothes, bedsteads, chairs, tables, cooking utensils, or money, will be thankfully received and acknowledged. 45 pounds of jam had been sent in before this application was made. Capt John Thomas Hurry, Missioner and Probation Officer, 6 Lyttelton Street, Barbourne, Worcester.

Information researched by Sue Redding