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Key dates over December 1918

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Lives lost on this day: 1

17th December 1918 - Proposed fund principally for the benefit of Soldiers, Sailors and Airmen

Rolling casualty count: 11577

War Front:

1st Batt: Batt moved to Leuze by route march in good weather.

2nd Batt: The day was spent resting. There was a visit from the Brigadier Commissioner. Five officers arrived from England.

4th Batt: Coys were taking Lewis gun classes and handling of arms and also playing physical games. All signallers paraded under Sgt Sheasby outside the Orderly Room.

14th Batt: There were Coy parades, classes and salvage parties as usual. 2Lt AR Reynolds re-joined the Batt from the First Army Musketry Camp. 2LT J Keyte proceeded to the 63rd (RN) Division Reception Camp for duty.

Home Front:

A meeting of the County War Memorial Committee heard various proposals including the endowment of a fund for the education of children of soldiers, sailors and airmen. Another, a history of the Worcestershire Regiment. Other suggestions included a clock tower at Worcester Cross, a belfry on the Malvern Hills, and a memorial in every church.

Mr Willis Bund proposed a fund principally for the benefits of Soldiers, Sailors and Airmen who had served in the war, to present a memorial in the Cathedral and a trophy of German guns to be placed in front of the Shirehall. There were, he said, large numbers of persons who had gone into the war and had suffered considerable loss and we would be very sorry for their families to be adversely affected by the loss the men had suffered. Many officers who had served in the War had risen from the ranks and in consequence a good many of them would have to go back to situation in which they would be paid much less than they were receiving at the present time.

Information researched by The Worcestershire World War 100 team