Key dates over October 1914
Lives lost on this day: 6
29th October 1914 - Turkey joins the war on the side of Germany and Austria-Hungary. Turkish warships shell Russian coastal towns in the Black Sea.
Rolling casualty count: 324
2nd Batt: Battalion on Divisional Reserve at Gheluvelt;
3rd Batt: La Quinque Rue: Heavy shell fire caused some damage, followed by an infantry attack mainly directed at Manchester regt. Firing all along the line for most of the night.
The Chaplain of the 8th Batt. (the Rev B Allen Berry) thanks all those friends who have supplied literature, games etc for the Recreation Room at the Public Hall. He says that he has a sufficient quantity of reading matter for the present, but would be glad to receive a further stock of notepaper and envelopes for the Territorials. Many hundreds of letters are written in the Hall by the Territorials during the week;
There were 52 recruits at Norton on Tuesday. Lord Kitchener has issued an appeal to the Chairman of all the Local Recruiting Committees asking them to make a special effort to get further recruits. Now that the Worcs Territorial units have been practically filled (only a few more can be taken in the 8th Reserve Batt and the Yeomanry Reserves), it is hope that there will be a rush of recruits to Kitchener’s Army at Norton. The county has already done well, but more is required if Worcestershire is to keep pace with other centres;
Letter from W Moore Ede, Dean of Worcester and representatives from other counties; Sir- The 3 Choirs Festival has been abandoned this year in consequence of the war, with the result that the Clergy Widows’ and Orphans’ Charity in the 3 Dioceses of Gloucester, Hereford and Worcester will, it is feared, suffer considerably at a time when, owing to the probable rise of the expense of living, the recipients can ill afford to lose income. We therefore propose to open an account in the 3 Cathedral cities, in the hope that people will contribute to the Charity what they would ordinarily have spent upon tickets, and that others will also join.
Information researched by Sue Redding
- Pte George Docker
- L/Cpl Harry Fellows
- Drummer Thomas Hill
- Pte Charles Augustus Meighan
- Cpl Charles Ricketts
- Pte Harry Wood