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Key dates over November 1914

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Lives lost on this day: 7

4th November 1914 - Party at Worcester Infirmary

Rolling casualty count: 385

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

3rd Batt: Bois de Ploegsteert: In trenches. Some shelling about 1:30pm, otherwise quiet day. Heavy rain 10pm-1am.

Merry Party at the Infirmary: Worcester people have taken kindly to the wounded Belgian soldiers, who themselves are full of gratitude for the generous hospitality which they are receiving. After only 4 or 5 days’ residence, many of them have materially improved in health, and most of them are now able to leave their bed after the doctor’s morning visit for the examination of wounds. Happily a number of the Red Cross nurses and the hospital staff (of those kindness the soldiers speak in the highest terms can speak French fluently, and are able to converse with the wounded… It is easy to see that these ladies take real pride and pleasure in their work. Under the auspices of the Red Cross Society, those who have not adopted nursing as a profession, have laboured to equip themselves with the necessary knowledge ready for such an emergency as this…Those wounded soldiers who have been able to get out into the grounds have also watched with much interest the daily drilling of our local Territorials on the Croft.

Worcs Lieutenant Honoured: The President of the French Republic has bestowed the decoration of the Legion of Honour on 119 British military officers for their gallantry during the operations between August 21 and 30. Among the name of the 100 Croix de Chevaliers is Lt Traill, 3rd Worcs Regt. Since receiving the decoration Mr Traill has been gazetted captain. He is the only son of the late Mr Thomas and Mrs Traill, and in April, 1913, married Miss Gwendoline Lilian Wrangham, eldest daughter of the late Mr Arthur B Wrangham of Bank House, Kempsey.

At a meeting of the Worcester Board of Guardians, the Cottage Homes Committee reported that the boys in the Cottage Homes had saved their pennies to the amount of 8s 6d to send tobacco to the soldiers in the Worcs Regt at the front.

Effect of Female Labour: Dr Moore Ede said that wherever there was so much women’s labour, the rate of pay was always so lower among the men. The fact that the women brought money into the home made it possible for the men to accept less than they would do otherwise. Mr Fairburn said that it was common knowledge that 15s a week was a common wage for labourers in Worcester.

Information researched by Sue Redding