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Key dates over October 1918

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Lives lost on this day: 14

11th October 1918 - Fatal Accident at Droitwich

Rolling casualty count: 11046

War Front:

1st Batt: Batt in support to the 2nd Northants Reg which was acting as advance guard in the Brigade. The Batt moved forward and occupied the Queant- Drocourt Line from Izel to Crest Wood.

4TH Batt: All Coys worked at night under RE supervision. 2Lt SJ Rupe MC and 7 ORs represented the Batt at a 2nd Army Special Church Parade at which HM the King attended.

Home Front:

Fatal Accident at Droitwich – At the Workhouse on Saturday the Coroner held an enquiry into the circumstances of the death of John Goode (53) a waggoner of Blakedown. Mr Edwards of the Ford Farm, Dodderhill, said on Monday Goode came with a dray and two horses to load some furniture belonging to a man named Kimberley, who was leaving Mr Edwards’ service to go into that of Mr Stone of New House Farm, Blakedown. Goode and Kimberley loaded the furniture and Kimberley took the one horse on outside the rickyard, while Goode led the shaft horse and dray towards the gate. Between the posts the horse became restive and pinned Goode between the gate posts and shafts. Goode falling against the buildings as the horse went on with the dray. It was seen that Goode was badly hurt and with assistance he was carried into a shed and placed on some straw and medical aid was summoned. It was the fault of the horse that it happened. John Stone, New House Farm, said the shaft horse was 17 or 18 years old, was quiet and free from vice and he could not account for her being frisky on this occasion, except for the taking of the other horse from her. The Coroner said the verdict would be death from shock.

Housing Schemes in Evesham District – At a meeting of the Evesham District Council yesterday a letter from the Local Government Board was read expressing satisfaction with the Council for taking active steps to meet the housing requirements in their area. The Council recommended that all future cottages should be built in pairs and that the cottages should consist of a kitchen, living room, and three bedrooms; that eight pairs of cottages should be erected at South Littleton and 12 pairs at Badsey. The report as adopted.

Information researched by The Worcestershire World War 100 team