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Lives lost on this day: 1

19th August 1918 - Worcester Fortune Telling

Rolling casualty count: 10381

War Front:

2nd Batt: Coys held kit inspections. There was a cricket match between the officers of the Batt and the 16th KRRB. We won by 10 wickets.

4th Batt: Our artillery responded to an SOS call at 11 am. At 5 pm the 86th brigade with the 31st Division, took part in a minor operation with complete success. All objections were taken, advancing the Line beyond Labis Farm. One officer and 1 CO per Coy went forward to inspect the Sector held by the 2nd SW Borderers with a view to relieving them on the 20th.

Home Front:

Worcester Fortune Telling – Amusing Police Court Cases – At the City Police Court today, ten summonses were heard against a Worcester woman for unlawfully pretending to tell fortunes. There were four charges against Alice Hubbard (43) married woman, Infirmary Walk, two against Emma Price (41) married woman of Lowesmoor Terrace and four against Sarah Newbury (69) widow, Britannia Road. When charged the defendant Hubbard said “Yes” but Mr Coombs, defending formally pleaded not guilty. Mr Southall, prosecuting, said that the proceedings were taken under the Vagrancy Act of 1824, which made it an offence for any person “to pretend to tell fortune by the subtle craft of palmistry, or otherwise, or to deceive or impose upon His Majesty’s subjects”. The woman had been carrying on the business of telling fortunes for a number of years and had evidently done a large business.

Wor’shire Fruit and Vegetable Society – Branch Formed at Whittington – A public meeting was held on Thursday with the object of organising a branch at Whittington. The benefits of the Society were explained to small growers and allotment holders. Mr P Boyce, General Manager, gave a detailed account of the methods of collection and sales. He also advised the growers to take up shares, which was done on the spot by several small-holders.

Information researched by The Worcestershire World War 100 team