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Key dates over November 1914

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Lives lost on this day: 6

1st November 1914 - Battle of Coronel off the coast of Chile. British squadron of ships defeated by German East Asiatic Squadron.

Rolling casualty count: 375

2nd Batt: Battalion marched via Chateau at Hooge to large farm about 2miles east of Zillebeke to be attached to 7th Division under Gen Capper. Held in Divisional reserve;

3rd Batt: Merris: Orders received to be prepared to move at short notice. Battalion moved in 3 motor buses to Neuve Eglise. On arrival went into billets. Moved at 5pm via Romarin to bivouac W of Ploegsteert, sending one company (D) to support of 1/E Lancs Regt at Le Ghier

Bromsgrove Soldiers Killed in Action: Pte Robert Lane, of the 1st Rifle Brigade, son of Mr & Mrs Lane, Staple Hill Farm, has been killed in action at St Marguerite, France. News has also been received that Pte F Browning, 1st Glos, who, before the war was employed as a porter at Bromsgrove Station, has died from wounds received while on service with the BEF in France.

Rounding up Alien Enemies: During the weekend the Worcestershire police arrested 21 alien enemies in various parts of the county, and these were taken to Newbury by the 12 (noon) train from Worcester today. We understand that most, if not all of the men, arrested were respectable citizens who were not suspected of offences. Most of them were married, several to Worcestershire women, and, in addition to their wives, quite a number of children are left behind. Among the 7 men arrested from the other Petty Sessional districts in the county were as follows:- Bromsgrove 5, Worcester, Stourport, Oldbury, 2 each; Evesham, Stourbridge, and Redditch, 1 each. From Shrub Hill they went to Newbury under the charge of 6 members of the Worcs County Constabulary.

Worcester Canadians for the Front: Talking together in the Foregate this morning were 2 Worcester Canadians who, after emigrating to Canada a few years ago, joined the Contingent of 32, 000 men which the Dominion has sent over…they represented almost the extreme limit of ages of the Forces, on being an old Volunteer and Territorial of 24 yrs service, and the other a fresh complexioned youth obviously not long out of his teens. The elder soldier is Company Sgt Maj Pritchard, of the Queen’s Own Rifles, Toronto. He is the son of the Sexton of Claines Church (who is said to be the oldest Volunteer in the district). Sgt Maj Pritchard was 16 years with the 8th Worcesters (formerly the Volunteers) and left this country 5 yrs ago. Of his Company of 240, he said, 200 were British born, and 170 wore medal ribbons. He added that as soon as the call was made there was a most enthusiastic response. One and all wanted to go to the aid of the Old Country. Whilst in Worcester he visited the wounded Belgian soldiers at the Infirmary, and, like other visitors, was greatly impressed by them. By the side of a shooting medal he wore on his tunic a couple of buttons, given him by the Belgians, which, he said, he would not sell for $20. The younger Canadian is Pte HW Tredwell, of the Fort Gary Horse, Winnipeg, son of Mrs and the late Mr LJ Tredwell, of the New Greyhound Inn, New Street.

Information researched by Sue Redding