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Key dates over October 1918

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Lives lost on this day: 7

4th October 1918 - County Voter’s List

Rolling casualty count: 10948

War Front:

2nd Batt: There was a service to commemorate the 4th Anniversary of the War held at Houterkerkque. The Brigade was represented by the Minimum Reserve commanded by Capt. AG Pointon AIG. Fighting patrols out at night but no enemy encountered. The Front Line was shelled and trench mortared.

4th Batt: Coys were wiring and connecting up their posts by traversed trenches. A party of 40 from Y Coy carried rations to W Coy and 40 from Z Coy carried rations to X Coy.

Home Front:

County Voter’s List – 23,000 Absent Voters – The County voting lists were, like those of the City, complete by October 1st. The task in the County (where there are four divisions, each with more voters than there are on one City list) was an enormous one. Mr E Bradley and his staff are to be congratulated on having accomplished their task by the prescribed date. The total number of voters is 136,358, the totals in the four divisions being Stourbridge 42,202, Evesham 28,816, Kidderminster 39,898, and Bewdley 25,442. There are at present no figures available of the number of women voters. The absent voters list is complete and on this are 23,999.

The War Wages Question – Wor’shire Bakers’ Scales – The new scale of wages for co-operative bakers fixed at the first meeting of the Joint Industrial Council of the baking and confectionary industry will come into force at the next pay day. The new scale gives the men an increase of 10s a week. A foreman with two hands under him goes up to 69s, and where there are less than two hands he gets 66s. In places where over 200 sacks are dealt with doughmakers get 66s., and doughmakers in smaller businesses 63s. Single hands go up to 64s., and second hands and platers to 62s. For others known simply as bakers, the minimum is 60s.

Information researched by The Worcestershire World War 100 team