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Key dates over November 1914

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Lives lost on this day: 1

3rd November 1914 - British ships blockading the Dardanelles bombard the Turkish forts guarding the entrance to the Straits

Rolling casualty count: 378

2nd Batt: Digging 2nd line of defence. Night attack.

3rd Batt: Bois de Ploegsteert: In trenches. Some shelling in morning. Heavy shelling in afternoon (4-5pm) of trenches.

Worcester Man on Rohilla: At the inquest on the victims of the disaster to the hospital ship Rohilla, Mr JW Thompson, Supt of the Barnsoldwick Ambulance Division, said that there were 11 members of the Division not accounted for, identified the body of Henry James Barter as one of the members. Mr Barter is a Worcester man, a son of Mr EC Barter, of Hill Avenue. He married a Worcester lady, a Miss Bright. Mr HJ Barter was well known in the city, especially in the London Road and Red Hill district. The body will be brought to Worcester today, and will be buried here.

8th (Reserve) Battalion: This Battalion being up to establishment no further recruits can be taken, but men are urged to join the New Army at Norton, where recruits are still wanted. Another draft of 45 men will be sent from the 8th Batt. this week, possibly on Friday. The men are now being selected.

The Yeomanry (Reserves): We announced some time ago that this Regiment was full, but afterwards 50 more men were required for the main Regt. Therefore another 50 men were required, and of those half have been enrolled. On Monday 15 joined.

Lord Lifford’s Nephews Killed: Lt James Francis Hewitt, of the Cameronians, and 2nd Lt William George Hewitt, of the 3rd Royal Scots, have been killed in action. They were the only children of the Hon William James Hewitt, brother of Lord LIfford, of Broadway, and were respectively aged 26 and 28.

Arrangements for Sick Territorials: Col Dixon, the Officer Commanding the Worcester Garrison, has requested that the Worcester Voluntary Aid Detachments shall be mobilised in order to take over the care of the sick cases which may occur among the Territorials in the city. Commandant RJ JHilliar is making the necessary arrangements for the fitting up of a small hospital.

New Ammunition Column: The Worcs Territorial Association has been asked to raise an ammunition column for the South Midland Division, in addition to the other units.

Information researched by Sue Redding