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Key dates over November 1918

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Lives lost on this day: 1

21st November 1918 - Elements of the German High Seas Fleet surrender off Rosyth. 39 German submarines surrender at Harwich.

Rolling casualty count: 11538

War Front:

4th Batt: The march to the frontiers was continued and Batt moved to Braine- Le- Chateau. Capt ER Smith, 2Lt SJ Rye MC, 2Lt RH Warren, MC, MM, Lt TL Gillespie, MC and 100 ORs, with 200 2nd Hants and 2nd Leinsters, proceeded to Brussels in order to take part in the procession when the King of Belgium enters the city.

14th Batt: B Coy worked on the embankment clearing debris

Home Front:

On Tuesday Mr. Henry Coombs offered by auction, at the Auction Mart, by direction of the executors of Mrs. Hannah Mason, and the Trustees of the will of Mrs. Elizabeth Baylis, eleven lots of property in the city and county of Worcester and shares in the local concerns. There was great interest taken in the sale, the room being crowded, and, after keen competition, every lot was sold at satisfactory prices. Lot 1, the free full-licensed inn called the Anchor Inn, Diglis, sold for £2,275.

Angle Street Sale of Work: The principal attraction was “The Better ‘Ole.” This was a stall provided and managed by the Brotherhood, with Mr. A.C. Webster as Secretary and Mr. A. Hobson as Treasurer. The Brotherhood scheme had been decided upon as long ago as July last. With the aid of a large number of sandbags, and some corrugated iron, which had been badly battered, a realistic representation of “Old Bill’s” dug-out was presented, the effect being heightened by a number of rifles and the Minister’s tin helmet as the centre piece. The was a large collection of useful articles, and prominent citizens had given generous assistance. The Minister’s portrait had a ready sale, and a 20-lb marrow was booked before the sale was opened.

The concert on Wednesday evening consisted largely of instrumental selections. The programme opened with the stirring “Stars and Stripes” (Sousa) and the Regimental March of the Worcestershires. Mr. Ernest R. Ludlow, of Birmingham, sang Adams’ “England.” The spirit of the song and the admirable way in which it was sung made an encore irresistible, and he responded with “Tom Bowling.” Later, he sang expressively Blumenthal’s “The Message,” and was again encored, giving “A Song of the Malvern Hills”. At the close the assembly sang the National Anthem of the Allies. During the evening Major Williams read a letter from Mrs. Quartermain expressing her appreciation of Mr. Austin’s composition dedicated to the late Mr. A. Quartermain.

Information researched by The Worcestershire World War 100 team