Key dates over January 1918
Lives lost on this day: 4
3rd January 1918 - Army pensioner second case of theft
Rolling casualty count: 8441
2nd Batt: Batt moved to St Lawrence Camp. Brandhoek.
4th Batt: Batt marched at 8am from St Martin to Vaudringhem, a distance of 21 miles and went to billets at 9.45pm. The transport arrived at 1.30am. The journeys were slippery and tiring and roads were very busy.
2/8th Batt: Lt Col Bilton took over command of 183rd Infantry Brigade and Major Davies took over command of the Batt.
14th Batt: The Naval batts were relieved and the work for the Pioneers was less difficult.
Yeomanry/Cavalry: Reg busy resorting men and animals and removing all the mud from men and equipment.
Army Pensioner’s Lapse: Fredk. Ernest Brace (19), of 41, Nash’s Passage, was charged with stealing 1lb. of sausages, value 1s. 6d., the property of his master, Horace Roberts, fishmonger, of 13, Broad Street. Defendant pleaded guilty. He was a discharged soldier, had a pension of 11s. from the Army as well as £1 a week from Mr. Roberts. Prisoner had a very good character from the Army. In 1912 he was charged with stealing three live pigeons; he was then fined 2s. 6d. The Chairman, taking into account prisoner’s good character, fined him £2. People with a pension ought to be careful, or they would lose it.
Aviator Married at Norton: At Norton Church, on New Year’s Day, the marriage took place of Lieut. H. Arnold, of the Royal Flying Corps, and Miss Eva M. Metcalfe. The bride, who was given away by her uncle, Mr. W.T. Snell, of Harrow, wore a gown of gabardine trimmed with skunk. She carried a bouquet of white blooms. There were no bridesmaids, but the bride was attended by her mother…The Cadets of the R.F.C. Detachment were also present, and formed an archway of walking-sticks, under which the happy pair walked from the church door to the carriage.
The Women’s Institute brought the old year to a close with a social entertainment, which gave considerable pleasure to its many members. Mrs. G.F. Hooper, of The Croft (hon. sec.), and Mrs. H. Basil Harrison were jointly responsible for the admirable staging of a patriotic and allegorical play, entitled “Britannia,” given in the Masonic Hall at the Angel Hotel. The room was crowded with a most enthusiastic audience, and the performers met with unstinted applause.
Information researched by The Worcestershire World War 100 team
- Pte. Enos Belcher 19995 - 3rd Bn Worcs Reg
- Pte. Alfred Fellows 38573 - 10th Bn Worcs Reg
- 2/Lt. Arthur Hennell 14th Bn Worcs Reg
- Pte. John George Weston 41211 - 1st Bn Worcs Reg