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Key dates over January 1918

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Lives lost on this day: 0

23rd January 1918 - Footpath at Norrthwick to close

Rolling casualty count: 8478

War Front:

2nd Batt: Coys at the disposal of Coy Commander. The Armourer Sgt inspected the remainder of the rifles.

3rd Batt: Batt moved to reserve at Number 7 Camp, resting and clearing up.

4th Batt: Z Coy and the rest of X Coy had baths at Dead End.

2/8th Batt: Enemy quiet but it was difficult to get much work done as we are so scattered.

10th Batt: Batt went to right sub-sector in support relieving the 8th Glos.

14th Batt: Batt relieved by the 10th DCLI and marched to Havringcourt Wood, near Ruyaulcourt for rest and training.

Home Front:

A Former Innkeeper: The death took place in the Workhouse, on Tuesday, of Joseph Lightwood. A day or two previously he collapsed, and was taken there in a critical condition. He was formerly the owner and occupier of the Star Inn, Bransford Road, his father having left him in comfortable circumstances. In early manhood he excelled at cricket, and was counted one of the best bowlers and batsmen within the call of Barbourne Club.

A Closed Footway: At the Quarter Sessions, today, the Clerk of the Peace (Mr. Stallard) read a very long document relative to the application of Mr. J. Ward to stop up a footpath from Northwick Road across Sabrina Avenue and to Redcliffe Street on the ground that it was unnecessary. On the application of Counsel (Mr. H. Davey), the Recorder made the Order, there being no opposition.

Whist Drive: On Saturday evening a whist drive aas held at the City Liberal Club in aid of the Prisoners of War Comforts Fund, and was eminently successful. The gross receipts were for the fund. Fourteen tables were occupied, and, with a draw for eggs, cake, and a marrow, the total was £4 10s.

To the Editor: Sir, - The report of the Food Control Committee says each customer will be supplied with half-pound of margarine on Saturday next. May I ask if this is the amount for each individual or really each customer? Each customer in many cases will mean a family of six or seven; in others just one individual. The proposed action next Saturday will make the distribution much easier, but unless some distinction be made whereby families will get more than half-pound it will not help those who need it most. Perhaps more than one distribution is intended during the week following. Trusting some responsible person or official will supply information through your columns. INTERESTED. [We are officially informed that it is not intended to distribute the margarine according to family needs; each purchaser will have one half-pound only. The arrangements announced are a temporary expedient to ease the queues until the distribution can be rendered equitable by the registration scheme which comes into force on Feb. 11.- Ed.]

Information researched by The Worcestershire World War 100 team