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Key dates over October 1918

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Lives lost on this day: 8

1st October 1918 - Australian and British troops, supported by Arab forces, capture Damascus in Syria. Further gains follow, including the cities of Beirut, Homs and Aleppo.

Rolling casualty count: 10909

War Front:

1st Batt: Batt in line south of Oppy, one coy in the Front Line in Cannibal and Cheddar Trenches. Three coys in support along Bolo-Tyne Alley and Marine. Men working to improve communications. Preparations being made for an advance.

4th Batt: Batt at Zuypteene, west of Cassel, preparing to move. At 6pm the Batt route marched to La Kreule arriving about 10 pm, and were billeted in tents and shelters.

Yeomanry/Cavalry: Regiment still in Latron in the mountain area where it is not so hot.

Home Front:

1st Worcestershire Honours – Military Crosses for Officers –Temp Capt. C Kimber, Worcestershire Regiment for conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty in maintaining his position with the centre company under heavy trench mortar and machine gun fire, when the left flank of the battalion was in the air and the other company commanders had become casualties. He then took up a position some 800 yards in front of the new line and covered the withdrawal and organisation of the three battalions. He is the son of Mr C Kimber, builder of Bath Road.

Lieut E Pickles, Worcestershire Regiment. While his battalion was retiring he collected some 20 men and turned and attacked the enemy with such effect that their advance in that neighbourhood was checked for at least half an hour.

Information researched by the Worcestershire World War 100 team