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Key dates over November 1914

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Lives lost on this day: 80

7th November 1914 - Japanese troops, with British support, capture the German naval base of Tsingtau

Rolling casualty count: 471

2nd Batt: Relieved by West Riding Regt at about midnight. Marched back to Polygone Wood. Shelled on route and lost 20 men;

3rd Batt: Bois de Ploegsteert: In trenches. Again heavy shelling of trenches.

War Lecture at Bromsgrove: Mr JT Middlemore, MP for North Birmingham, presided on Friday night at a large gathering at Bromsgrove, at which a lecture was delivered by Mr RG Routh (Headmaster of Bromsgrove School) upon the subject “Why we are at war.” In the course of his introductory remarks, Mr Middlemore said England was fighting for its dear national life, to save themselves from becoming a province of Germany; they were fighting for precisely the same result as Belgium was. Germans had been taught that it was Germany’s duty and that it was the evolution of the German nation to crush France, square Russia and then have a final reckoning with England.

Official intimation has been received in Worcester of the death, in Millbank Military Hospital, Westminster, of Pte A Jenkins , of the South Lancs Regt, whose home was at 26, Little Fish Street. Pte Jenkins was wounded at La Bassee on Oct 20, and in a letter we published some days ago, he stated that he had to lay helpless for two days and a night on the battlefield before it was possible to remove him.

This afternoon a match will be played on the Grammar School Ground, Flag Meadow, between the officers of the 8th Battalion and the Artillery. Kick off 2:45.

There is a persistent rumour that one of the wounded Belgian soldiers in W Infirmary has died, but like most other rumours it is not true. All the soldiers are doing well.

Citizens’ Generosity: The response on the part of the Worcester people to the appeal of Matron for luxuries has been most generous, and the Belgians asked our Reporter to express their warmest thanks. .. Those who saw the soldiers arrive noticed how poorly some of them were clad. They all had overcoats very dirty and dilapidated, but their clothes were badly worn, and practically all their boots were much the worse for wear. In fact, one man had to travel in a pair of bedsocks. The problem of providing new attire will arise when they have reached the convalescent stage, but meanwhile a few pairs of good pairs of boots, as well as some warm civilian clothing for the men’s use in the grounds, would be of the greatest value.

Information researched by Sue Redding