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Lives lost on this day: 1

19th March 1918 - “Votes for women”

Rolling casualty count: 8560

War Front:

2nd Batt: Batt cleaning up. Lt Jones (USA,) AMC joined the Batt.

3rd Batt: Batt engaged in more training and found working parties.

4th Batt: X and Y Coys proceeded by workmens train to work on Plum and Rat Keeps. The Brigade Armourer Sergeant inspected the rifles of W and Y Coys. Batt Sing-song at Concert Hall, Talbot house at 7pm.

Home Front:

While the thousands of people at Shrub Hill were enjoying the spectacle of Julian’s climb over the parapet, there were many people gathered in the vicinity of the Cathedral and in the Cathedral Green waiting patiently for his arrival. Shortly after half past two there was a great stir in the High Street and College Street and as the throng thickened one began to doubt whether even Julian could make his way through such a press of people. By-and-bye one observed (from the Cathedral Green) that the people were going in the direction of the Cross and soon afterwards news arrived that Julian had broken down en route and that it would be a little time before he came along.

Several People Knocked Down: A bullock or bullocks got abroad in the city on Monday and caused considerable consternation in two districts. In the morning, a bullock rushed along Sansome Street and knocked down several people. An elderly woman, named Mrs. Day, of 31 Chestnut Street, was knocked down and had a bruised nose and was badly shaken. A little girl named Alice Margaret Parkes, aged 12, of 12 St. George’s Lane, suffered a bruised forehead and another child was knocked down but was not injured. About 5.30 in the afternoon another bullock or the same one knocked down, in the London Road, a woman named Miss Pritchard, Belmont House, St. John’s. She said that four bullocks were coming up the London Road and one knocked her down. Mr. Cartridge, butcher, of Sidbury, was in search of the bullock, which he said had got away from the Cattle Market and he was trying to get it back.

Grimley Man’s Fatal Wounds: Pte. William Williams, husband of Mrs. C. Williams, Thorn Grove Cottages, Grimley, Worcester, has died from wounds in the chest on March 12th. He had been in France about 14 months and was home on leave four or five weeks ago. He was 36 years of age and leaves a widow and four children.

A Chemist’s Death: At Astwood Cemetery, on Sunday afternoon, the funeral took place of Mr. Alexander (“Jock”) Gordon, of Astwood Road, who died on the previous Wednesday, after a short illness. He was the son of Mr. and Mrs. George Gordon, of Friockheim near Arbroath and was born in 1867. He came to Messrs. Kitson’s from London in April 1894, as dispenser and had been with them up to the time of his death.

Another of the series of concerts given by the Providence Works’ Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Concert Party was held on Monday, when Mr. L. Salter presided. He opened the proceedings by announcing the good work done by the fund for men who had fought and are still fighting. Those who could not go out were doing their share in trying to comfort the sick and wounded at home as well as sending to those who are on and over the seas.

The casualty lists issued Monday night show the following losses: - Officers: Dead 14, wounded or missing 13; total 27. Men: Dead 175, wounded or missing 334; total 509.

On Monday night, Sir Edward Goulding, the City Member, attended at the Masonic Hall a meeting of women qualified to be electors. There was a large attendance. Mrs. H.A. Leicester presided. She said that she felt it a great honour to be asked to take the chair on that historic occasion. With the vote came great responsibility. They could no longer sit comfortably down and let others do the work; they must use the vote, and use it to the very best advantage or it would have been fought for in vain. “Votes for women” has been heard and seen all over the country for years past and they must not forget in this hour of triumph that it has been won by those who had laboured and toiled and given even their lives to obtain it. For what? Not for the pleasure of going to the poll to record a vote. Not because a man had the vote and not a woman. But for the good that that vote could do; to put in power the very best man- their own worthy member.

Information researched by The Worcestershire World War 100 team