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Key dates over November 1918

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Lives lost on this day: 3

16th November 1918 - Airmen were making history in London

Rolling casualty count: 11527

War Front:

1st Batt: Batt moved by bus to Tournai and went to good billets there.

2nd Batt: Batt marched down the main road through Forest, crossed the River Selle, to billets at Clary.

3rd Batt: Batt moved to Cauroir.

4th Batt: Batt Parade at 1000 hours.

14th Batt: There were parades under Coy arrangements. Lt LN Tolcham of C Coy rejoined from leave.

Home Front:

Grocers’ Association Whist Drive: £42 -6s-2d has been paid to the Treasurer of the Worcestershire Prisoners’ of War Fund in respect of the proceeds of the recent whist drive organised by the Worcester Grocers’ Association.

In a list of British officers who have arrived at Alexandria, from captivity in Turkey, appears the name of Capt. W. Bell, Worcestershire Yeomanry. Capt. Bell’s home is in Worcester, and he is well known here. He was taken prisoner with many other officers and men of the Worcestershire Yeomanry in the fight at Katia on Easter Sunday, 1916.

Airmen were making history in London on Friday. At twelve o’clock the engines were tuned up on a new super-Handley-Page machine at Cricklewood, and twenty minutes later the machine rose with forty passengers and the pilot for a trip over the metropolis. The passengers were those who had happened to be present, and included 10 ladies, among whom was Mrs. Everard Cotes, the novelist. The machine rose to 6,000 feet, and flew all round London. Interviewed afterwards, the passengers said they had thoroughly enjoyed the trip. Mr. Handley-Page described the airplane, as the largest air machine in the world. The total weight of passengers carried was 6,622lbs. Mr. Clifford B. Prodger was the pilot, and carried sufficient petrol for a six-hour flight.

To the Editor: Dear Sir, - It will be of much interest to your readers that the Food Controller has decided that from the 15th to the 25th December next, the value of each of the four Meat Coupons shall be 8d. instead of 4d., thus for that period doubling the allowance of Meat, and that from the 16th December to the 14th January, turkeys, geese, ducks, fowls, chickens and game may be sold free of coupons. Arthur Carlton, Mayor.

City of Worcester Household Fuel & Lighting Order 1918: Consumers of Household Coal are warned that after November 18th, they MUST NOT (a) Obtain coal in any quantities while having in hand over three months’ stock of more than one-third of the full year’s allowance as determined by the requisition. (b) Obtain in any month more than one ninth of the year’s total supply of coal as determined by the requisition, or 1 ton where the one-ninth is less than a ton. H. Frank Williams, Local Fuel Overseer.

Information researched by The Worcestershire World War 100 team