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Key dates over November 1914

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Lives lost on this day: 7

18th November 1914 - Soldier in Lady's Blouse

Rolling casualty count: 511

1st Batt: St Avaast ‘A’ Lines: Germans still shelling behind our lines, 2 platoons of ‘B’ Coy shelled, 3 shells pitching into trench inflicting considerable casualties.

2nd Batt: Remained in dugouts on reserve. Snowing hard and freezing. Shelled but no casualties;

3rd Batt: Neuve Eglise: In billets, one company at 8pm to reserve to Suffolk Regt – Returned 6am 19th.

Col CM Edwards, commanding Depot, the Worcestershire Regt, would like to make known to all who are interested in the welfare of the British soldiers, that Cardigan jackets are most urgently required for men who have been sent home from the front wounded, and who now, fit for their duty, are again returning to their Battalions. If sent to Norton Barracks, Col Edwards will personally distribute these Cardigans to the men of the Worcestershire Regiment.

Worcester Soldier Wearing Lady’s Blouse; Pte W Norcott, of the 2nd Worcesters, in a letter to his sister at 37, St George’s Lane N., says he would be much obliged if she could send him two shirts, observing that she would be surprised to hear that he is wearing a woman’s blouse, for he could not get anything else. Socks he was not in need of, for he had plenty.

The patriotism of members of the Automobile Association and Motor Union is well evidenced in Warwickshire and Worcestershire, where, in response to an appeal for cars for the transport of recruits, no less than 300 promises were forthcoming within a week. This number, however, excellent though it be, does not suffice for all purposes. Owners of motor cars in these two counties anxious and willing to assist in furthering recruitment are earnestly requested to forward their names and addresses, with particulars as to their cars, telephone number, etc. to the Midland Office of the Automobile Association, Central House, New Street, Birmingham.

Lance-Corpl McNally, mentioned in despatches, has been sent home to recover from wounds. He is now fit again. He was a stretcher bearer at the front, and his distinction was gained for carrying wounded to safety whilst under heavy fire. It was whilst doing this work that he was himself struck. Company-Sergt.-Major Murphy said that McNally was the best cross-country runner in the 3rd Battalion and the second best at Tidworth garrison.

Information researched by Sue Redding