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Key dates over November 1914

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Lives lost on this day: 2

27th November 1914 - Fownes Bros. fundraising

Rolling casualty count: 530

1st Batt: Pont du Hem “Red Barn”: In billets.

2nd Batt: A fine warm day, but showery in the afternoon. The Batt went a 6 mile route march leaving billets at 10am. The route lay on West of Town. Cpt Wainman and Lts Stoney and McClellan left on leave for England in the evening;

3rd Batt: Lindenhoek: In trenches. Some shelling of trenches.

The employees of Messrs Fownes Bros have already contributed generously, in men for the Army, and money for the War Relief Funds, and they made a further successful effort on Thursday evening, when Fownes’ Choral Society gave a concert in the Co-operative Hall, for the Worcester War Relief Fund. The Committee of the Co-operative Hall kindly lent them the Hall free of charge, and all the expenses are defrayed by the Society, so that the total proceeds of the concert will go to the War Relief Fund. Appended to the programme was a statement of what Fownes’ employees are doing during the war. It showed that 25 per cent of the Worcester employees were on or preparing for active service – £25 had been contributed by the Worcester employees to the Worcester War Relief Fund, and they will continue to send £2 10s weekly so long as the war lasts.

In addition to Perdiswell, kindly placed at the troops by Mr Kirkham, both Boughton Park (offered by Mr Marriage) and the Golf Links will be available for the training of the 11th Battalion.

The City War Relief Fund up-to-date amounts to £4,690. Among the latest additions was one of £6 15s from Mrs Sandham, the proceeds of an entertainment held at Norton Schools. Up to Nov 31st The Relief Sub-Committee of the City had paid away £735 18s 6d, amongst 751 dependents, of whom 507 are wives, and 244 mothers and other dependents. The total number of children provided for is 1514.

Mrs Brindle, wife of the Officer Commanding the 5th Worcs Regt, appeals for 200 comforters and mittens for the next draft of men going to the front.

Warm Gloves for Soldiers: Special Discount for ½ dozen Pairs or Single Pairs to MEN IN UNIFORM. Ye Olde Glove Shoppe, S. Adams, 4, High Street.

Information researched by Sue Redding