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Key dates over October 1918

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Lives lost on this day: 5

22nd October 1918 - Military Funeral

Rolling casualty count: 11226

War Front:

1st Batt: The enemy heavily bombarded our Line with gas from midnight to 4 am, causing casualties of 1 officer and 16 ORs. One officer and 19 ORs joined the Batt.

2nd Batt: Men bathed in the canals around the area and boating and fishing were in “full swing!”

4th Batt: The enemy put down a heavy barrage on the support Coys and one shell fell on W Coy HQ killing Lt GS Kipps, Gunner Sgt Andrews, Cpl Green, Ptes Dixey, Towler, and wounding 2LT GF Wright and Pte Thomas.

L Sgt Surman and Cpl Cook were awarded a bar to the MM, Sgt Lawley, Ptes Phipps, Johnson, Marsh were awarded the MM for their exploits on August 8th.

Home Front:

Worcestershire and The War – Military Funeral – The funeral took place at Astwood Cemetery on Friday of Air Mechanic J Brant, of Melbourne Street, who died of pneumonia at Aylesbury Military Hospital on Sunday. He was only 17 ½ years old, and before joining the R.A.F., six months ago he was employed at Messrs Heenan and Froude’s, being a member of their football team which won the Herefordshire Cup last season. In addition to the family mourners a good many friends attended. The bearers were a party of soldiers from Norton Barracks. The coffin was covered with the Union Jack, and at the close a bugler sounded “The Last Post”.

The Flu’s Wide Spread – From Ukraine to South Africa – Stockholm, Friday – Petrograd advices state that Spanish influenza is raging over Ukraine, and at Odessa there are 70,000 cases. – Reuter. Capetown, October 14th. – The approximate number of deaths from influenza in Capetown and suburbs from October 1st to 13th inclusive was 5,000, of which it is estimated that 76 per cent were among coloured people and natives. Reuter

Information researched by The Worcestershire World War 100 team