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Key dates over October 1918

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Lives lost on this day: 33

5th October 1918 - Worcestershire honours

Rolling casualty count: 10981

War Front:

2nd Batt: A strong enemy party was taken by surprise by one of our advanced posts and several were killed by bombs and Lewis gunfire. One body from the 364th Pioneer Coy was brought in. Brigade HQ to arrange a raid for August 6th. Batt ordered to hold the advanced posts and not to hand them over to the Americans yet. Later the raid was cancelled.

3rd Batt: Batt marched eastward from Audel to Chocques, a dirty ruined village. Some members of the Batt were there in 1914.

4th Batt: Enemy artillery fire again met with vigorous counter fire. 2Lt EJJ Cocks was killed with 2ORs of X Coy, in an encounter with an enemy patrol in No Man`s Land. Heavy rain fell in the evening making it difficult for carrying parties

Home Front:

Wor’shire Honours – Bar to D.C.M. – 22956 Pte F Bough, Worc. R. (Colwall) – From a besieged building he caused many casualties to the enemy with a Lewis gun. By his amazing coolness and courage, he contributed largely to the clearing of the enemy. Even when trench mortar fire caused the roof to fall through, he refused to leave his gun and still maintained his covering fire for the party which was getting clear of the house.

8670 Cpl. (A. Sgt) E Edwards, Worc R. (Birmingham) He assumed command of his company and consolidated a new position. For four days he worked with the utmost zeal to preserve his company front intact, despite repeated enemy attacks. When the enemy got behind him he retired systematically and took up a new position, which he also consolidated and defended with the utmost vigour.

Information researched by The Worcestershire World War 100 team