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Key dates over November 1918

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Lives lost on this day: 3

29th November 1918 - Sent to prison for one month with hard labour

Rolling casualty count: 11557

War Front:

1st Batt: A large draft of 94 ORs joined the Batt.

4th Batt: Batt marched to Eghezee, a distance of 23 km

14th Batt: The Batt moved to Blaugies.

Home Front:

The Medical Officer’s report for the third quarter of the year 1918 states that the births numbered 194, equal to an annual birth-rate of 15.5, which is no less than 5.6 per 1,000 less than the average rate of the preceding 10 third-quarters. The deaths numbered 122, giving a death rate of 9.76 per 1,000, which is 1.04 below the decennial average.

Italian Red Cross Flag Day: The street collection and donations in Worcester amounted to £174 17s. 7½d.

Christ Church Sale of Work: The annual sale of work in connection with Christ Church (Presbyterian), Worcester, was held in the School Hall on Thursday. The proceeds are to be devoted to the Church Funds, with the exception of 15 per cent of the proceeds to be given to the Mayor of Worcester’s Homes for the Disabled. The stalls, which were prettily arranged and decorated, and well laden with a variety of articles consisted of a Fancy Stall, Ladies’ Stall, Variety Stall, Monday Sewing Circle, Flower Stall and Refreshments. There was a good attendance at the opening ceremony and during the afternoon and evening. During the evening Mr. Ranford and Miss Thorpe contributed songs, Mrs. McKelvie and Miss Millicent Hayes pianoforte solos, and Miss Gladys Jones violin solos. The proceeds amounted to £100 - £15 will be devoted to the Mayor’s Fund.

An interesting and successful children’s concert was held in the School Hall, Pump Street, on Thursday evening. The room was tastefully decorated with flags and bunting, kindly lent by Mr. Brown of High Street. Under the genial chairmanship of Mr. Horton, a varied programme of action songs and recitations was effectively rendered by scholars from Pump Street School, and much appreciated.

General List: Today’s list includes 118 officers, of whom 22 were killed and 48 wounded. Of 38 casualties in the Royal Air Force, included in the above total, 14 were killed and eight wounded. In addition, 32 officer prisoners of war have been repatriated. In the ranks 3,313 casualties, of whom 420 were killed, 148 died of wounds, 2,235 wounded and 159 missing. The list contains the names of 1,576 non-commissioned officers and men released from Germany, 89 belonging to the Colonial forces.

James Meek (78), Wyatt’s Almshouses, Friar Street, was summoned at the instance of Florence Rhodes, 4, George Street, married woman, for indecently assaulting a female named Mary Rhodes, 12 years of age. Mrs. Rhodes said that defendant lately told her if she sent her daughter to his house, he would give her some cabbage leaves for her rabbits. The complainant, Mary Rhodes, said that last Saturday afternoon she went for the leaves, and whilst there the defendant assaulted her. Then her mother came in and asked what was the matter, and she replied “nothing.” Defendant denied doing anything to the little girl at all, and what the girl said was all a tale. Mr. Coombs, for defendant, said there was no corroboration of the story told by the girl. The Chairman said the Bench had decided to send defendant to prison for one month with hard labour.

Information researched by The Worcestershire World War 100 team