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Key dates over October 1918

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Lives lost on this day: 52

14th October 1918 - Turkish government seeks an armistice

Rolling casualty count: 11126

War Front:

1st Batt: Capt Prosser, Commander of C Coy went forward and made a reconnaissance of the ground as far east as the Haute-Deule Canal. C Coy dug in along the canal bank through the wood. A machine gun was captured on the railway embankment and another on the east bank by Capt Prosser and a few men. Later the enemy came forward under a heavy barrage and C Coy was forced to withdraw, sustaining severe casualties. Flers was heavily bombed. 1 officer and 10 ORs were killed, 31 ORs were wounded and 56 were missing.

4th Batt: Weather was very hot and there were no day working parties. The 88th Infantry Brigade was relieved by the 87th Infantry Brigade, the 1st Border Reg relieving the Batt.

Home Front:

Lady Huntingdon’s Free Church – Sale of Work – On Wednesday afternoon there was a large attendance at Lady Huntingdon’s Schoolrooms, Bank Street, when a sale of work was opened by the Mayor and Mayoress (Ald and Mrs Carlton). The Mayor said that it gave the Mayoress and himself great pleasure to come to this church. It seemed wonderful to him that this church had been kept on without any endowment, and only by their own energy. Mrs Carlton that afternoon was sitting in the Countess’s chair, and he felt sure that she must have felt elated as it was the nearest she would ever be to being a countess. He then went on to say that he was very grateful to them because 10 per cent of the money obtained on the sale was being given to him for his Homes for Soldiers and Sailors, and also because it showed that they were with him in the work he had undertaken.

Fatality at Ombersley – Farmer and His Gun – The body of Mr William Whitney of Stychampton Farm, was this morning found lying in a paddock at the back of his house. The appearances seemed to indicate that the deceased had died from the effect of a gun discharge, for a report had been heard about 6am, and shortly afterwards the body was found by a neighbour lying with the gun close at hand. He leaves a widow and three children to mourn his death.

Information researched by The Worcestershire World War 100 team