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Key dates over January 1915

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Lives lost on this day: 0

6th January 1915 - The Active Nursing Service

Rolling casualty count: 572

1st Batt: La Gorgue ‘B’ Lines: Corps Reserve Billets; 2nd Batt: Very heavy sniping. Maj Grogan wounded and several men 15th Battery RFA assisted in stopping activity of snipers; 3rd Batt: E. Kemmel: In trenches.

Active Service Nursing: Active Service Nursing has undergone great changes since the days of Florence Nightingale, but the Army nurse of to-day still justifies her title “The Lady of the Lamp.” Except that it is collapsible and folds up into a tin box, the size of a sandwich tin, the regulation lantern with which she is equipped is still of the stable-yard description, and holds an ordinary domestic candele. In other respects the nurse’s outfit is a triumph of multum in parvo. Her kit bag – a bulky green affair, some 6 feet long – contains a collapsible camp bed closing up into the modest dimensions of an artist’s easel, a tent chair, a camp wash hand basin, which lets down and is convertible into a shallow bath, a waterproof sheet, a khaki rug, a cushion, a tent hook, for the indispensable lantern, a pair of rubber Wellington boot, a canvas table, a japanned cup and saucer, a kettle and oil stove, a tea infuser, a flat iron, and – vanitas vanitatem – a tiny hand mirror. All these have to be packed away into the aforementioned kit bag. In addition to which the nurse is allowed a small box for such clothes as she may require beyond her grey service uniform, and a travelling hold-all, on which, as on everything else, her full name is printed in bold letters.

Malvern Urban Council Market Committee reported that the lease of the site of the Market expires on March 25th, and, as the Market is so little patronised , and in such a deplorable condition, they recommended that it be closed from that date…the site of the Market was taken on lease nearly 14 years ago and the Market Hall was built, to prevent annoyance from hawkers in the centre of the town. After the Market was established an Order was made prohibiting hawking between Warwick House, the Foley Arms, and the Exchange.

The Avon rose rapidly on Monday as the result of Sunday’s heavy rain. At Evesham, the Pleasure Gardens were soon submerged, and for the second time within 5 days the road between Hampton and Evesham was under water, but the flood did not reach quite such a high point as on the previous Thursday , when the water was 10 feet 7 inches above summer level; The Water and Sewerage Committee recommended the Council to pay to Mr J Powell of Wick, £70 in settlement of his claim for damage done to his hopyard by flooding from the sewage works. Mr Powell offered the Committee the three acres of land involved for £300, but the Engineer stated that if the claim were paid he would take steps to prevent the recurrence of the flooding.

The Streets Committee recommended the Council to direct that a blacksmith’s shop and store be erected in Dolday. Their report stated that the increased amount of blacksmith’s work done by private firms amounted to over £1 per week . Ald. Walter Caldicott said he thought the proposal would effect an improvement in Dolday. The proposal to convert two cottages into a blacksmith’s shop and to throw a piece of land into the street was agreed to.

Recruiting: Another Century: On Tuesday, 101 men were enrolled, making 222 for the first two days of the week – a good augury for a record week’s recruiting; Up to date 340 citizens have given in their names as being willing to join the Worcester Civilian Corps, and of these over 200 were enrolled on Monday evening at the Territorial HQ. Others attended, but there was not time to enrol all, and those who were not accepted will attend tonight. By the courtesy of the Tramway Directors, the Volunteers who live in St John’s will be allowed to use the tramcar sheds in St John’s for drills. The other members will drill at the Territorial HQ.

At the Cavalry Arms, Malvern, on Tuesday night, a hearty send-off was given to Privates HE Edgington and A Smith, who joined the Army Service Corps recently. An excellent supper was served, Mr E Davison being in the chair. Songs were given by Pte, Edgington, Messrs H Keen, D Drinkwater and others, Mr G White was the accompanist;

Information researched by Sue Redding