Key dates over October 1915
Lives lost on this day: 4
31st October 1915 - At Bethune, anniversary of Gheluvelt celebrated with concert in billets and good dinner
Rolling casualty count: 2524
On the front:
At Bethune, the anniversary of Gheluvelt was celebrated and each company held a concert in its billets and a good dinner was provided. Yeomanry: Regiment embarked in small troop –carrier “Ermine,” in high wind and rough seas in preparation of leaving the Peninsula. "Soldier and Sailors' Families' Association.
On the home front:
Mr T H Griffiths, Hon. Secretary, stated that the total number of cases registered since the commencement of war was 1,420 consisting of 884 wives and 536 mothers and other dependants. The number of children registered was 2,594. Since the fund opened £1,692 13s 7d had been given in temporary grants to wives and dependants. In the last four weeks on average £25 was disbursed in grants.
To help infant health
Mrs Wilson appealed for a grant for the Infant Health Society to help nursing and expectant mothers. The high prices of food, especially milk, was causing distress among these people. She thought the distress might very properly be regarded as distress arising out of war. The Mayor expressed some reservations as the whether the grant might be considered as misapplied. Mrs Wilson moved that the War Committee grant £40 to enable the Society to provide dinners at certain places for mothers. Mr Baldwyn seconded. Motion carried.
Belgian Refugee Fund
Mrs Ernest Day who presented the report of the fund said that 13 Belgians were being provided for in the hostel – 3 men, 6 women and 4 children. One boy was being educated at the Royal Grammar School, thanks to the kindness of the Governors.
- Pte. Harry Fielding 22433 - 9th Bn.
- L/Cpl. John Homer 12442 - 4th Bn.
- Pte. Henry Samuels 16971 - 10th Bn.
- Pte. William James Smyth 16791 - 9th Bn.