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Key dates over March 1918

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Lives lost on this day: 7

29th March 1918 - Army Pensioner’s Death

Rolling casualty count: 8958

War Front:

1st Batt: Batt proceeded to Jumel and billeted there.

2nd Batt: Lt LR Tilling was wounded on patrol.

3rd Batt: Batt resting.

10th Batt: Orders received to entrain for the north and all the 57th Brigade marched to Doullens. At noon the Batt was honoured to be selected to meet His Majesty the King as it had upheld the honour of the Regiment. Later the Batt entrained for Flanders.

Home Front:

Army Pensioner’s Death: At the Guildhall today, the City Coroner held an inquest touching the death of Thomas Hirons (68), of 18 Dolday. Alice Ashbourne, widow of Frederick Charles Ashbourne, said the deceased lived with her. He was a gardener. For some years he had been in bad health. On the 21st he came home ill and witness obtained some medicine for him from a chemist. On the 26th he appeared to be worse and so witness went to the Workhouse and obtained a medical order. Dr. Corder came to him about 12.30 the same day but he died shortly after. Dr. Corder said that when he arrived at 12.30 Hirons was then in a dying condition and he died shortly afterwards. A post-mortem revealed double pneumonia. The heart was enlarged. The Jury returned a verdict in accord with the medical evidence.

Women’s Cooperative Guild: In the Co-operative Hall on Wednesday night, Mrs. Merrett presided and was supported by Mrs. Dewsbury (Walsall) who gave an address on “Co-operators and Politics.” Mrs. Dewsbury said that it was desired that Co-operators should have direct representation in Parliament. It was true that there were Co-operators in Parliament, but they attended as representatives of other bodies. Co-operators were affiliated with the Labour Party, but they did not wish to hand over their affairs to the Labour Party, neither did they wish the Labour Party to swallow them up. They wanted all profiteering stopped and more consideration shown as regards housing and education.

Information researched by The Worcestershire World War 100 team