War Diary October 1918

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Powers seek armistices

During the month Germany, Turkey and the Austro-Hungarian Empire all approach the Allied powers for an armistice.

200th Ambulance Convoy

The 200th convoy of wounded soldiers arrived at Norwich Thorpe Station in October 1918. In spite of their injuries the wounded were reported as being in high spirits, with one man even playing his own mandolin.

Fighting Continues

Fighting continues in France and in Italy but the Allies continue to advance on all fronts.

 Scholar Rewarded

The annual ceremony to reward the top scholar at the King Edward VII Grammar School took place at York Cottage, Sandringham. The King presented Edward Goodbody with a replica medal however – it was reported that the original gold one “will not be struck until after the war is over.”

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War Diary September 1918

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Germans Pushed Back

 Offensives launched by all of the Allied forces on all Fronts show success and the German and Austrian armies are pushed back.

Local Man Honoured

Shipdham man Corporal Arthur H Cross was honoured on 15th September. He has been to Buckingham Palace earlier in the month and received both the Victoria Cross and the Military Medal. The Rev. Eva presented him with a gold watch.

Bulgarian Peace

Bulgaria agrees an armistice with the Allies.

War Diary August 1918

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Battle of Amiens.

 British, Australian, Canadian and French forces launch a powerful strike against the German army on the Somme. General Ludendorf calls it ‘the black day of the German army’. Fighting now continues until 11 November.

Norfolk Land Army Girls efficiency tests

The Board of Agriculture, wanting to set up a standard for women farm workers, had organised efficiency tests at Gately for those working in Norfolk. “All the girls did well and showed real grasp of their duties, especially if it be considered some of the entrants had had only a short training.”

War Diary July 1918

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Execution of the Tsar

Former Tsar Nicholas II of Russia and his family are executed. There are no survivors.

Norfolk Women War Workers  Big Parade

Representatives from all sectors of the women’s war effort were present including Land Army, Waacs, Wrens, munitions workers, RAF, railway workers, Naval and Army canteen workers and a woman’s fire brigade. The parade, its purpose to encourage recruitment, was watched by huge crowds of county and city folk.

Fourth Battle of Champagne

 The fifth major German attack since March is launched. On a smaller scale, German troops assault the French line facing the River Marne. For the first time the German attack is unsuccessful.

Vicar fined for food hoarding

A vicar, who appeared for summons under the Food Hoarding Order, claimed he had obtained the cheese for distribution amongst his friends and that the sugar had been bought before the order was made. He was told that he should have surrendered the sugar or not used his sugar ration as he had done neither.

War Diary June 1918

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Battle of the Piave

The Austro-Hungarians launch a renewed attack on the Italian line in the north-east along the River Piave. The attack is beaten off. Fighting continues to 24 June.

Flying Tragedy

 An inquest was opened to investigate the deaths of three RAF pilots. The Tragedy occurred after two biplanes collided during flight, one of the pilots was from the American Army and learning to fly with the RAF.

  Record Amounts of Money Raised in Holt

The King sent his praises to the people of Holt after they raised £100, 000 during War Savings Week.

War Diary May 2018

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Final German Air Raid on London

The largest, and final, German aeroplane raid on London takes place involving 33 aircraft. 49 people are killed and 177 wounded.

Prisoners of War Recaptured

Two German prisoners who escaped from a King’s Lynn internment camp were recaptured on Saturday 4th May.

Third Battle of the Aisne.

 Third German offensive (Operation Blucher) against the French line,  it centres on the Chemin des Dames area above the River Aisne. Fighting continues to 6 June.

Land Army Recruitment Rally

A demonstration took place in Norwich to encourage recruitment for the Women’s Land Army on Saturday 25th May. The demonstration included women carrying small livestock, rakes and hoes, a procession of milk floats and hay carts, as well as a traction engine.

War Diary April 2018

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Further Rationing and Conscription

 Meat rationing is introduced in the UK and conscription extended to those aged up to 51 and men living in Ireland

Fundraising Effort in Norwich

 A Tank named the “Nelson” visited Norwich raising money for the war effort. £400 000 was raised on the first day.

RAF Formed

 The army’s Royal Flying Corps is combined with the naval Royal Naval Air Service to create a separate service.

Butter Mountain

A glut of butter and margarine built up in Norfolk shops as Norfolk residents obtained their butter from farms, despite having registered with a shopkeeper.