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Key dates over October 1918

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Lives lost on this day: 16

3rd October 1918 - Prince Max von Baden becomes German Chancellor

Rolling casualty count: 10941

War Front:

2nd Batt: A very wet day with little enemy activity. B and D Coys pushed out advanced posts 200 to 300 yards in front of our Line. L American Coy men were organised into platoons. Defence organised in greater depth.

4th Batt: Enemy quiet until 9 pm when both artilleries very active, giving harassing and counter battery fire. Y Coy commenced wiring the front. Fields of fire were cleared and hedges thinned. Z Coy carried RE material to X Coy. 2LT WG Collins of Z Coy was wounded by machine gun fire.

1/8th Batt: At 2.30 am, the British guns opened an accurate bombardment and B and C Coys dashed forward to attack. A desperate fight took place in the darkness. The enemy soldiers were tall Bosnians and good fighters. The enemy machine gun on the edge of the cutting was causing casualties until its team were rushed and killed. Sgt R Atkinson took over the gun and turned it on the Bosnians. Capt. CR Pawsey and 2Lt Grainger pushed too far forward and were captured. The Batt took 6 prisoner and 53 enemy bodies were counted.

Home Front:

Don’t worry about Butter or Margarine – The food shortage has taught us all how much we depend on our fat foods to keep us fit and energetic. Many people really suffer, but if they will look elsewhere for the essential fast foods they can quickly recover their health and energy. In Chymol, for instance, we can forget our dependence on butter, margarine, lard, etc. In this marvellously concentrated food we have the most valuable fats known, in so delightful and digestible form that everybody can enjoy them.

Selling Bread to German Prisoners – Shrawley Women Fined – At the Hundred House Petty Sessions on Wednesday, Ellen Grosvenor, of Shrawley, married woman, was summoned under the Defence of the Realm Act with supplying four small loaves to German prisoners who were at work in the Hillhampton locality. Mr Tree, Worcester, who prosecuted, said the military authorities had directed the prosecution as it was regarded as a serious matter, as such conduct was calculated to assist the escape of prisoners and interfere with the discipline and administration of the Camp at Hillhampton, at which there were 92 German prisoners. As far back as June last the woman was warned of the seriousness of supplying German prisoners.

Information researched by The Worcestershire World War 100 team