In todays' Daily Telegraph; Just how bloody the Battle of Loos actually was can be seen by the rolls of honour in the Telegraph, which have been more steadily more regular and sizeable since it started, and with it taking up space on no fewer than four pages of today’s paper (pages 2, 3, 6 and 12) it it’s the most horrific so far in the newspaper. It makes you wonder just what its going to be like come next summer and the Battle of the Somme. This impression is borne out by the October casualty figures on page 8, which are markedly higher than the two previous months.
Also in today’s paper
- The annual conference of the London Teachers’ Association reveals that half of its male teachers have enlisted in some form – page 6
- Serbia appears to be taking a leaf out of Russia’s book by withdrawing from towns and cities before that are captured by the enemy – page 8
- “Rigid restrictions” are announced governing the permissibility of Guy Fawkes fireworks displays on page 8, although given there are only four days to go it seems a bit late in the day to start making them known, or is that the plan? - King George V’s medical condition is improving – page 9 - Lord Kitchener grants the distribution of khaki armlets to men willing to serve who are waiting their call-up, men willing to serve but who are medically unfit to do so and men invalided out with good character, a step welcomed by the Telegraph’s report as it should help stop people being misidentified as “shirkers” – page 9 - 155 men are missing after a British minesweeper collides with a fellow naval vessel off the Dardanelles – page 9 - Not for the first time the prison population figures show a “welcome” side-effect of the war in a fall, but they also fail to bear out the belief that drunkenness among women has increased since it started – page 11