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Key dates over January 1915

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Lives lost on this day: 2

18th January 1915 - Five sons in the Army

Rolling casualty count: 595

1st Batt:La Gorgue: Returned to ‘B’ Lines trenches. 2nd Batt:In billets at Gorre. Working party for RC’s shelled at Fesuibert, 2 killed and 3 wounded; 3rd Batt: In billets at Westoutre.

Mrs Bosworth, a widow, of 53 Hylton Road, has five sons serving in the Army. They are in the following regiments: Samuel, 2nd Remount Expeditionary Force; Albert, 4th Worcesters; Richard, 17th Battalion Lancashire Fusiliers; George and John, ASC;

Mouth Organs for the Worcesters: We are requested to state that mouth organs for our men who have to spend so many hours in the trenches would be gratefully received. If these are sent to Mrs Wodehouse, care of the Capital and Counties Bank, or to Mr JW Flay, High Street, they will be forwarded at once to the front;

Malvern Man wounded at Tsingtau: Sergt. F Morris, of the South Wales Borderers, whose name appears among the wounded in the casualty returns form the siege of Tsingtau, is the son of Mr. J. Morris, of Malvern. Another soldier son, Pte. William Morris, of the 2nd Worcesters, was killed in the great bayonet charge at Gheluvelt.; In the 17th list of the “Hardware Roll of Honour,” appear the names of no fewer than 9 employees of Messrs. Mann and Sons, Ltd, (the well-known ironmongers of High Street, Worcester), who are with the colours;

The Artillery Reserve now in Worcester were on Thursday inspected by Lord Salisbury, the new Brigadier-General. There was no special parade, but Lord Salisbury, accompanied by Col. Larkworthy and the Adjutant (Capt. Ludlow), watched the men at gun practice at HQ, saw them riding at the Riding School, and also visited Mr. Adlington’s field at Rainbow Hill, where the men are exercised. He expressed his satisfaction with all that he had seen;

Recruiting at Norton: On Saturday 21 recruits were enrolled, making 232 for the week;

Sir, - I beg to inform you that in response to a request from the War Office, the Cutler’s Company has undertaken the collecting of any spare razors there may be available in the country for the use of our troops. Very large orders have been placed for new razors with the manufacturers, but he demand is such that the number forthcoming is not sufficient to meet the present demands. It is felt that there is a large number of spare razors in the hands of persons not using them who will only be too pleased to assist in the lessening of the discomforts of our troops by devoting them to this purpose… I am hopeful of being able to obtain from 100,000 razors upwards, but can only do so by the kind assistance of the Press in making this appeal as widely known as possible. W.H. Ellis, Master Cutler, Sheffield.

Information researched by Sue Redding