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Key dates over December 1918

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Lives lost on this day: 0

25th December 1918 - "Peace Christmas".

Rolling casualty count: 11582

War Front:

2nd Batt: It was a fine Christmas day. Church Parade was held in the Square at 1000 hours. Christmas dinner was served in platoons with the exception of A Coy who had dinner in the open.

4th Batt: Batt paraded at 11.20 hours for divine service for march to church. Owing to the poultry etc. not arriving, Christmas Dinner was indefinitely postponed.

14th Batt: Divine Service held at 0930 hours. There was a non- conformist service at 10.15 hours. Christmas dinner was served in the schools for all Coys and HQ men, arranged for by Officers and Sgts.

Home Front:

For four years past Christmas has been celebrated in circumstances which seemed to render the message of peace and goodwill a mockery. This year we experience a sense of great relief. It is premature to call this the "Peace Christmas". The world is still more or less in arms and peace at home and abroad is the problem to be solved in the coming year. But the slaughter has ceased for the present and we may pray that there may be no aftermath of Armageddon. That is not certain but at least we can hope and rejoice in the prospect. With good reason there is more cheerfulness this Christmas than there has been for four years but in the words of a well known comic opera, it is a case for "modified rapture".

Information researched by The Worcestershire World War 100 team