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Key dates over November 1918

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Lives lost on this day: 13

8th November 1918 - Charged with being drunk in the Foregate

Rolling casualty count: 11491

War Front:

1st Batt: Batt working on Coy schemes. Later there was a Brigade Concert.

2nd Batt: Orders came that the 38th Division would pass through the Line and the 33rd Division would move back to Reserve. Batt marched back through La Pot de Vin to Petit Mauberge.

3rd Batt: The advance continued and in the afternoon, A and B Coys passed through C and D Coys but were shelled by machine gun fire.

4th Batt: At 0300 hours a patrol proceeded forward to the banks of the Grand Courant to see if any enemy were still nearby. It was reported that the enemy was retreating and 5th Army Front and Tournai were reported evacuated.

14th Batt: One Coy worked on the road to Angre and one platoon worked on the each of the craters on the Angre to Angreau Road.

Home Front:

Annie Simmons (33), 24, Severn Terrace, shop assistant, was charged with being drunk in the Foregate. A police officer found her drunk and bleeding from the nose. He took her to the Infirmary. When her face had been dressed she pulled off the bandages. Dr. Allport said she was drunk. Prisoner was taken to the Police Station in an ambulance. Prisoner was fined 5s.

Frank William Jenkins, 35, Lottie Road, Selly Oak, Birmingham, milling machinist, was summoned by Mr. W.G.J. Williams, Relieving Officer to the Worcester Board of Guardians, to contribute to the maintenance of his father, who is chargeable to the Worcester Union. Mr. Williams said the defendant’s father had been receiving relief for some considerable time. An order had been made for defendant to contribute 2s. a week, but he had failed to pay. The arrears amount to over £6. Defendant’s average wage in the early part of October was £3 a week, but unfortunately he had met with an accident to his hand, and now he was suffering from some mental trouble. He thought it would be well to adjourn the case until he was well enough to attend.

Concert at King’s Hall: On Thursday evening the Comrades of the Great War gave a concert in the King’s Hall, Foregate Street. There was a good attendance, and the items of the programme were thoroughly enjoyed.

St. Dunstan’s Flag Day: The amounts collected at various depots for the Blinded Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Hostel have just been sent to Mrs. G.C. Brown, who organised the flag day in Worcester. Collections have been made at the local theatre and cinemas since that day, and that has caused delay in the amounts being sent from the headquarters of the National Institute for the Blind in Birmingham. The total collection came to £245 9s. 3d.

Writing in the Diocesan Magazine, the retiring Bishop says: “By the time this reaches the Diocese I shall have ceased to be Bishop of Worcester. Thus I leave a work which has absorbed me for 13 years, and to which I have tried to give my best in mind and body and estate. The parting is a wrench to me, for there is so much to leave which I love, in spite of the gain which I see in being privileged to start the new Diocese on its way. One thing fills my mind, it cannot be otherwise, namely, the choice of my successor. May God guide those in authority to choose a man who will carry on and fulfil whatever has been good in my work, and supplement and correct what has been lacking and faulty”.

At meetings held by the Worcestershire Farmers’ Union in various parts of the county last week, it was decided to send a telegram to the Prime Minister on the question of security of tenure. The telegram was as follows: - “Farmers of Worcestershire at largely attended meeting, today, decided to appeal to you to make a personal effort to prevent the disturbance of tenants through the sale of their holdings and other causes. They feel that the President of Agriculture, in whom they have lost confidence, has failed to realise the gravity of the situation, and that it is only by a direct appeal to you that they can hope to get just and sympathetic treatment. They are loath to trouble you at such a time, and only do so with the feeling that it is their only alternative to adopting less constitutional methods.”

Mercantile Marine: Mr. John L. Ranford, son of Mrs. I.P. Ranford, Tybridge Street, has passed the Board of Trade examination for 1st officers of the Mercantile Marine.

Influenza Epidemic: Eleven deaths from influenza or pneumonia were reported in Worcester on Thursday. Several of those who h have succumbed during the week were cases where the patient, feeling better after the influenza, ventured out too soon and had a relapse, pneumonia supervening. The Medical Officer of Health (Dr. Mabyn Read) strongly advises all patients not to venture out until their doctor gives them permission.

Information researched by The Worcestershire World War 100 team