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Key dates over December 1918

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Lives lost on this day: 2

5th December 1918 - Private James White speaks of conditions as prisoner

Rolling casualty count: 11565

War Front:

1st Batt: There was a Ceremonial Parade at 11.30 hours. The GOC, 5th Army visited the troops and distributed medals.

2nd Batt: Coys were at the disposal of Coy Commander. All officers and Coy Commanders attended a conference. There was a football competition in the afternoon.

4th Batt: Batt marched 36 kms from la Reid to Malmedy. A large number of German soldiers were seen, being members of the Armistice Commission. The Batt crossed the Frontier at 1400 hours, arriving in billets at 15.30 hours.

14th Batt: HQ, Transport and 2 platoons of A Coy had baths. Two Platoons of A Coy went to work on craters. Educational classes were held in the school room.

Home Front:

Private James White of 2/8th Worcestershires returned home on Saturday night (30 November). He was taken prisoner in March 25th last and said the treatment was terrible. They were kept without food for the first eight days and there was only water at their disposal. They were afterwards given 1/2lb of black bread and a bowl of water and cabbage or water and swede – an apology for soup.

Information researched by The Worcestershire World War 100 team