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Key dates over January 1915

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Lives lost on this day: 2

29th January 1915 - Victoria Cross for Malvern man*

Rolling casualty count: 622

1st Batt: La Gorgue: Corps Reserve Billets; 2nd Batt: Shelled during the day but not to the same extent as previous days. Relieved in the trenches by the 2nd HLI at about 6pm. The Battalion marched via Gorre to Essars and went into billets in Brigade Reserve; 3rd Batt: In trenches E. Kemmel.

Evesham Man Wounded: Mrs John Woods, of 21 Oat Street, Evesham, has received a letter from her son Charles, of the 1st Worcesters, who is in hospital at Versailles, stating that he is being treated for a slight wound in the head. He states that his is getting on satisfactorily, and is being treated well. He has plenty of tobacco and cigarettes. He is with a large number of Evesham young men who joined Kitchener’s Army in August, and went out to the front on January 6th;

American Aid for Worcester’s War Fund, interesting communication from Brooklyn: Sir,- A number of British residents of this section have formed an Association, to send words of good cheer, and a little money to those in the Mother Country distressed by the war. I am a former resident of your city and enclose a money order for five pounds, which we ask you to use to relieve immediate distress, preferably to help the man at the front; Belgium refugees to be helped if you so decide. We are sending in turn to other cities represented by our members. Every week during the war we will send the above amount to some city, and hope that our efforts will show that the bonds of our brotherhood are strong and that there is no division of sentiment amongst the people of British blood in foreign lands. W. Aiston;

VC for Malvern Link Man: Pte Albert Joseph Gregg, Laundry Cottages, Malvern Link, who is in the Army Service Corps, has been awarded the Victoria Cross for gallantry in saving his transport and horses under shell fire. He is 20 years of age, and is at present recovering from wound and rheumatism in Newtown Hospital. Pte. Gregg was born at Hanley Castle, and lived for a time at Half Key, and afterwards at Upper Howsell. He has a brother on active service. ( *Note: subsequent research in The National Archives Medal Rolls shows no gallantry medal was awarded)

Information researched by Sue Redding