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Key dates over January 1918

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Lives lost on this day: 1

24th January 1918 - Soldier reported killed writes from hospital

Rolling casualty count: 8479

War Front:

2nd Batt: Baths allotted for anti trench foot treatment.

4th Batt: The remainder of the men had baths at Dead End. Working parties still draining and repairing trenches and huts.

2/8th Batt: Our left post was raided by an enemy patrol and 2 of our men are missing. This was poor work on the part of the post.

10th Batt: 2LTS EJB Harrison and T Coldrick were drafted into the batt. 2OR were wounded.

Home Front:

The Assizes for the City and County were opened by Mr. Justice Bailhache today. His Lordship first attended service at the Cathedral. After leaving the Cathedral, His Lordship went to the Guildhall to open the Commission for the City. The High Sheriff of the City presented the Judge with a pair of white gloves, saying that there had been several occasions latterly on which such a ceremony had been performed. He hoped there would be many more such presentations. The Judge said that when he was in the City about two years ago he was the happy recipient of gloves. He was very glad to have them, not for their intrinsic value, but because they showed that there was an absence of crime. He congratulated the Mayor and the members of the Corporation on having such an orderly city.

Mrs. B.A. Shotton, of 8, Chapel Walk, Bank Street, Worcester, at Christmas received unofficial news that her husband Pte. M. Shotton, of the Norfolks (to which regiment he was transferred from the Warwicks) had been killed in the Palestine fighting. She has now received a letter from him in which he says that he has been in hospital with fever, but has recovered, and adds, “Different fellows I have met have been surprised to see me, as they had been told that I was killed. From what I can make out they had the news in the Warwicks that I was killed. So, if you have heard anything you will be pleased to know that I am very much alive and worth a dozen dead ones.”

1918 Baby Carriages: Owing to the restrictions on steel it is very difficult to obtain wheels for Children’s Carriages. Having foreseen this we purchased our 1918 stock in advance, and offer the same as long as stocks last at 1917 prices. We hold the largest and best selection in the Midlands. Bring your repairs. Old carriages made equal to new. E. Rosser, The High Street.

Information researched by The Worcestershire World War 100 team