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Key dates over January 1915

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Lives lost on this day: 3

7th January 1915 - Last call for refunds for last year's cancelled Worcester Music Festival

Rolling casualty count: 575

1st Batt: ‘B’ Lines Trenches: Very bad weather rained hard all night. Found detachment of 1 Platoon at the ‘Link’ between ‘A’ and ‘B’ Lines. During the day this platoon billeted in a house about 800 yards behind the firing line; 2nd Batt: Officers of relieving Battn 4th Guards Brigade received instructions re fire trench etc. The trenches of ‘D’ Company shelled by enemy’s artillery, 71st Battery RFA shelled enemy’s artillery while the 15th Battery shelled their trenches during the night. the trenches of ‘B’ and ‘D’ Companies fell in several places; 3rd Batt: In trenches E. of Kemmel.

Malvern Rifle Clubs: The College Rifle Club and the Cowleigh and District Rifle Club have decided to apply for affiliation to the Central Association of Volunteer Training Corps. The Committee of The College Rifle Club have been authorised to appeal to the public for subscriptions, to provide uniforms, equipment, and ammunition.

Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Wives and Families Entertained: The wives and families of soldiers and sailors were entertained at the Assembly Rooms, Malvern , on Tuesday night, invitations being issued to well over 270 children and about 75 mothers, residing in the Malvern petty sessional division, except at Malvern Link, where a separate entertainment was given a few days ago.; Soldiers and sailors returning on sick furlough to their homes in Worcester are asked to enter their names and addresses on the register of the Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Help Society at No 3 Committee Room, the Guildhall (Copenhagen Street entrance), in order that they many receive the welcome and help, if needed, which their fellow-citizens desire to offer them; A capital little entertainment was given at the Infirmary on Tuesday evening, in one of the wards, when the audience consisted chiefly of wounded soldiers in the Institution. Miss Morris arranged the entertainment, and contributed some good songs and recitations. Mrs Winifred Hill played several enjoyable violin solos, and Mrs Carlton recited in delightful style, “Husbands,” and “The Hindu’s Paradise.” At the conclusion, one of the nurses sang “Tipperary,” in which the men joined heartily, and the Belgian and English National Anthems concluded the programme.

Early this morning a fire was discovered in the shop of Mr EA Burgess, tobacconist, of Lowesmoor. Mr Burgess went into the shop at 11 o’clock on Tuesday night and assured himself that all was safe, and went to bed. About one o’clock he was aroused and found the shop to be on fire. Information was taken to the Police Station by Mr JE Berenford, and the Police Fire Brigade, with the horse hose tender, under the direction of the Chief Constable, turned out. The fire was soon put out. Happily (no doubt because of the prompt discovery) it was confined to the shop.

All Purchasers of Tickets for the Worcester Festival, 1914 (other than Stewards) who desire to have their money refunded, are requested to make application for the return of same within 7 days from this date, to HA Leicester, Esq., Chairman of the Executive Committee, Guildhall, Worcester, after which date, the Stewards will proceed to discharge all liabilities and to distribute any remaining balance.

Information researched by Sue Redding