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Key dates over February 1918

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Lives lost on this day: 3


Rolling casualty count: 8520

War Front:

1st Batt: Batt relieved the 2nd Batt Northants in Westroosebeke sector.

2nd Batt: Batt working in Corps Defence Line.

4th Batt: X Coy tested their box respirators in Lachrymatory Gas. 200 men went to the baths. X Coy to the theatre to see “Raffles.”

14th Batt: Batt was split up into working parties among the defence works. 8 OR have been wounded in the last month.

Home Front:

WORCESTER BOOT MAKER’S FAILURE – A meeting of creditors of Henry Osborne of 45 Lowesmoor, Worcester, lately carrying on business at 63 Lowesmoor as a boot and shoe maker, was held at the Worcester Bankruptcy Office today. The debtor’s statement of affairs showed gross liabilities of £188.11s.2d. of which £185.6s. was expected to rank for dividend. The assets were estimated to produce £46.7s.9d., and the deficiency was estimated at £138.18s.3d. The cause of failure alleged were: want of capital, expenses of a large family, losses upon contributions to a Property Insurance Co. and recent bad trade.

Child’s Death from Pneumonia – An inquest was held into the death of Ethel May Finch, an infant, aged one year and nine months. Hannah Finch, single woman, Oldbury Road, said the deceased was her daughter. Witness brought deceased downstairs on Monday morning and noticed a horrible change in her from the previous night. She sent for the doctor, but the child died before the doctor arrived. She always appeared to be healthy, except about a week before, when she was not very well and fretful; Witness thought it was her teething. She gave her teething powder and she seemed better. On Sunday evening deceased was a little tight on the chest. She gave her some castor oil. A post mortem examination revealed pneumonia in both lungs. In young children this illness might come on very quickly. It was quite possible that the symptoms of the illness might be mistaken by an ordinary person for a little ailing.

Information researched by The Worcestershire World War 100 team