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Key dates over November 1914

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Lives lost on this day: 1

25th November 1914 - Hop industry delegation to the Chancellor

Rolling casualty count: 528

1st Batt: Pont du Hem: Marched out of trenches at dusk, and marched by companies to billets at Pont du Hem, known as “Red Barn.” 2 companies are always in a state of readiness to turn out at very short notice.

2nd Batt: Refitting fairly under way now. A good deal of equipment especially transport and machine guns to be made good. The other 3 Batts of the Brigade left for 48 hours in the trenches. Our Batt posted guards over their empty billets pending their return. Weather raw and thawing;

3rd Batt: Danoutre: Relieved DCLI in trenches E of Lindenhoek at 8pm.

At a meeting of the Kidderminster Education Committee, Alderman Grosvenor said they were getting reports of noble deeds being done by old boys of the elementary schools in the war, and he moved that honours boards be provided for the various schools on which the names and deeds of the soldiers could be recorded. Ald Dalley (Chairman) seconded, and the motion was carried. It was also decided that temporary lists of all old boys who volunteered for active service should be placed in the schools.

Sufferers from insomnia should try cayenne pepper sandwiches. Cut a slice of thin bread – a plain biscuit may be used- butter it generously, and add a liberal sprinkling of cayenne pepper. Cover it with a thin slice of bread or a biscuit, as the case may be. It is surprising what little inconvenience is experienced, merely a light smarting sensation in the mouth, which is soon over. The sandwich should be eaten just before retiring, and soon after the sufferer will be asleep. The pepper acts as a stimulant to the stomach, drawing the blood from the excited brain, and inducing a night of refreshing sleep. A cayenne pepper sandwich is much less harmful than drugs, and, when taken in small quantities, is a good tonic for a weak stomach. Bilious headache has also been known to yield to a cup of hot water to which has been added a pinch of cayenne pepper and a nip of soda as big as a pea.

Belgian Lecture and Recruiting meeting at Droitwich: Rev Joseph Hogan, of Birmingham, the well-known patriotic lecturer, gave a stirring account of German atrocities in his lecture, “Hacking through Belgium,” at the Salters’ Hall, which was packed by an audience who were moved by his eloquent denunciation by the story of German brutality. The lecture was illustrated by many slides, which gave it added interest.

A meeting of the Herefordshire and Worcestershire Hop Growers’ Association was held at Hereford, to consider the position of the hop industry. It is felt the trade is being jeopardised by the new war tax on beer. Mr Sydney Myer said the new taxes, according to the figures of the Chancellor of the Exchequer himself, meant a reduction of 35 per cent in the consumption of beer. That meant a like reduction in the consumption of hops…while the brewer had been hit he could make some extra profit, but there were no concessions to the growers. There was only one way out of the difficulty, that was to put a tax on foreign hops; otherwise the home grower would be placed at a disadvantage. It was decided to send a deputation to the Chancellor of the Exchequer.

Information researched by Sue Redding