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Key dates over November 1918

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Lives lost on this day: 2

13th November 1918 - Thanksgiving Services Held

Rolling casualty count: 11519

War Front:

1st Batt: Day spent in general maintenance and cleaning up.

4th Batt: Batt took up an outpost running north and south through the square. Z Coy remained in billets.

14th Batt: The Batt was working on the culverts.

Home Front:

Thanksgiving Services: St. Nicholas Church was open from 11 o’clock, and many went in for a few minutes’ prayer and thanksgiving. At 12 o’clock a short service was held, when a large congregation filled almost the whole body of the Church. Special hymns and prayers and thanksgivings marked a service heartily entered into by all present. A similar service was held in the Infirmary Chapel on Tuesday evening, when over 50 were present, including every soldier in the House who was not actually bedridden, and very heartily they joined in the hymns, “All people that on earth do dwell,” “Now, thank we all our God,” in Psalm 45, and in all three verses of the National Anthem, with which the service was concluded. The bells of St. Nicholas Church rang changes on Monday afternoon.

A Worcester Thanksgiving: Those who have been afraid to sing aloud in normal Cathedral services, will be interested to know that at the thanksgiving service in the Cathedral on Thursday they will be assisted to do so by an instrumental innovation, as interesting as it is long-desired. To keep the whole congregation in unison in time and time in the singing of the hymns, cornets will be stationed about the nave, and it is hoped that the possibilities of hearty and heartfelt singing of four well-known hymns will be a feature of the service.

On Tuesday afternoon the arrival of the Mayoress at the Guildhall Red Cross Work Rooms was greeted with hearty applause by the ladies present, who were all collected together in the Assembly Room with a very handsome bouquet of white chrysanthemums and pink carnations (tied up with green ribbon with Mrs. Carlton’s initials and the dates 1916-1918 beautifully worked in gold thread) on a centre table. The Hon. Secretary, in a brief speech of congratulation to the honour paid to the Mayor (Ald. Carlton) in his re-election for the third year to the office of Mayor. Even in their historic city of Worcester this year was probably its most important year, and Ald. and Mrs. Carlton must feel proud of the distinction of presiding over them at such a period. At the same time the people of Worcester were equally proud to have a Mayor and Mayoress so fitted to bear the honour with dignity and ability.

Wounded: L.-Cpl Walter Carey, Worcestershires (son of Mrs. Carey, 31, Barbourne Lane, Worcester), is in hospital in France with a shrapnel wound in the right thigh. He was on the staff of St. Peter’s Boys’ School. He joined the Army in September, 1914, and has served with the Worcesters in France and Italy. Pte. H.A. Cook, Somerset Light Infantry (son of Mr. and Mrs. Cook, 135, Hylton Road, Worcester) has been wounded in the neck and the back, and is in hospital in Halifax. He joined the Army in July, 1916, and went to France in the late autumn of that year. He was invalided home with trench feet, but recovered and returned to duty. Previous to joining up he was employed at Messrs. Pearks’ Stores, the Shambles, Worcester.

Information researched by The Worcestershire World War 100 team