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Key dates over October 1918

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Lives lost on this day: 9

21st October 1918 - Women as Members of Parliament

Rolling casualty count: 11221

War Front:

2nd Batt: Brigade entrained at Proven for Watten and then was billeted at Serques.

3rd Batt: Batt moved back to reserve at Gonnehem.

4th Batt: There was a heavy barrage by the enemy from 1 am to 2am. The 2 support Coys were shelled night and day, every 2 hours. Batt HQ moved forward to a Hopfield north of Merris. W and X Coys had patrols out but no enemy was found within 600 yards of the old Line. X Coy established a post at Kismet House. The enemy is apparently withdrawing further south, back behind Merville.

Home Front:

Women as Members of Parliament – The House of Commons will be called upon to decide an issue of considerable importance next Wednesday. The extension of the franchise to women has been followed by a demand that women shall be made eligible as members of Parliament, and Mr Herbert Samuel will invite the House to pass a resolution affirming the desirability of the immediate passing of a Bill with this object. Sir J Rees also has a resolution on the paper, declaring that the enfranchisement of women makes it necessary to decide at an early date on what grounds those who are qualified to elect are unqualified to sit as member of Parliament. The Government will leave the question to the free judgment of the House.

The Worcestershire Regiment – The General Officer commanding the Reserve Centre issued an order desiring that all men in the camp should be posted in the history of the Worcestershire Regt., which is now published. (Messrs Littlebury & Co., Worcester 1s) in the form in which it was delivered as a lecture to recruits. In an introductory note the author remarks that nowhere in the history of the fighting armies will there be found a finer example and surer guide on the way to be a fighting regiment than the history of the Worcestershire Regiment, which is splendidly represented in the Army today, numbering close on twenty battalions, besides which there are the Worcester Yeomanry, and two big brigades of the S Midland R.F.A.

Information researched by The Worcestershire World War 100 team