The Mayor (of Worcester) said that he had been approached by the British League of Help, who desired the City to adopt a French town or village.

It was suggested that Worcester should adopt the village of Gouzeaucourt, which had, before the war, a population of 1925, and of whom 1500 had returned. The houses had been entirely destroyed, and the most urgent needs of the villagers were for water and dispensary requisites. There was an English cemetery there with 1200 graves, and these were being carefully attended by the inhabitants. The representative of the League suggested that the City might provide the villagers with their water, but no idea of the cost could be given. The Mayor said that if the Council approved, he proposed to call a public meeting of the citizens, and then a representative of the League could come down and give the meeting particulars. Ald. Carlton had offered the use of the theatre for the meeting. Of course, added the Mayor, the council had no power to give a contribution from the rates, therefore there must be an appeal to the citizens. He moved that the Council approve of his proposal to call a public meeting.

Ald. Carlton seconded, saying that the village named was one associated with a great exploit of the Worcestershire Regiment. The Regiment was very much in favour of something being done in the way suggested because it would help to memorialise the deeds of the Regiment.

Mrs Edwards supported the proposal.

Mr A. W. Hall said that he did not oppose the motion, but that it was an inopportune time to make a public appeal. At present a good many of the working classes were out of employment, and an appeal had recently been made on behalf of the Infirmary.

Mr Slade cordially supported the proposal, saying that it was to help the working class of France that the appeal was to be made, and that the effort should appeal to the class of which Mr Hall had spoken.

The Mayor’s proposal was carried.


From Berrow’s Worcestershire Journal, dated 5th February 1921