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Key dates over October 1918

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Lives lost on this day: 8

6th October 1918 - Broncho Bill Coming

Rolling casualty count: 10989

War Front:

2nd Batt: Divisional and Brigade Command visited the Batt HQ. Arrangements were made to further advance the forward posts at night. Capt. JJ Crowe was presented the Victoria Cross by HM the King at the 2nd Army HQ. A representative party from the Brigade Minimum Reserve, under Capt. Underhill MC, marched to Divisional HQ where HM the King drove past the assembled troops. A patrol of 2 officers and 6 ORs of C Coy and the American Coy searched the Batt Front covered by a trench mortar barrage to enable the posts to be pushed forward. The American officer and 1 OR were killed.

3rd Batt: Batt entered the Front Line, taking over from the 4th Royal Fusiliers in front of Avelette.

4th Batt: Patrols were sent out with no results. An inter-Coy relief took place. Z Coy had 6 casualties from shell fire.

Home Front:

Postmen and Strike Weapon – Demand for 30s Increase – At the Postmen’s Federation at Derby today, the General Secretary stated that it was proposed to make a demand for the war bonus to be merged into wages and count for overtime and pensions. The amount asked for was 30s a week, to apply to temporary workers and those serving with the Colours. Several delegates suggested that if prompt action was not taken by the authorities the strike weapon might be effectively employed.

Broncho Bill Coming – Broncho Bill’s great Wild West Exhibition and Mammoth Circus will visit Malvern on Saturday October 12th; Worcester on Monday, Oct 14th and Droitwich on Tuesday, Oct 15th. There will be two exhibitions, whatever the state of the weather. Every arrangement has been made for the convenience and comfort of visitors and the seating accommodation is for 5,000. The exhibition presents features of life “out west”. Life on the prairies will be represented with striking realism, cowboys, cowgirls, Indians and fiery prairie mustangs. Some of the finest lasso throwers in the world will show their adroitness and dexterity.

Information researched by The Worcestershire World War 100 team