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Key dates over February 1915

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Lives lost on this day: 1

23rd February 1915 - Artillery Brigade still in need of recruits

Rolling casualty count: 661

1st Batt: Occupied ‘B’ Lines trenches; 2nd Batt: In the trenches at Festubert. Quiet morning – intermittent shelling;3rd Batt: In billets at Locre;

Six more wounded soldiers will arrive at Shrub Hill Station at 4:31 this afternoon, and will be taken to Worcester Infirmary.

About 250 recruits are urgently wanted for the Artillery (Reserve) Brigade, and an equal number for the 8th Battalion. Recruiting during the past few weeks has been slow, and it is hoped that there will be a quick response to the call, in order that these two units may be brought up to their full strength;

Temporary Second Lieutenant A. R. Cooper to be temporary Lieutentant in the 11th Battalion, Worcs. Regt and E.S. Donisthorpe to be temporary Lieutenant in the 13th Battalion, Worcs. Regt.;

The Bishop of Worcester will dedicate a new peal of bells at Berrow Church. The peal, which recently has been placed in the church tower, consists of two bells cast in 1650 and in 1825, and now recast, with three new bells added to complete a ring of five. The whole are fitted with ringing fittings tuned on the Simpson five-tone principle, and are hung in a new steel and iron frame. The tenor bell weights 8cwt 2st. 10lbs. The cost of recasting the two bells, adding the others, and also sundry repairs to the tower, amounts to £284, and has been defrayed by public subscription. Space has been left for the addition of a sixth bell, should circumstances ever render it possible;

At the City Police Court, May Lily Oseman (20), a domestic servant, was charged with stealing from her mistress, Mrs. E. M. Russell, a gun metal watch, a lace bedspread, a pair of boots, two baby’s gowns, a cushion cover, a toilet cloth, a baby’s shirt, two pairs of lady’s stockings, and a blouse slip, the total value of which was estimated at £2 19s…in order to bring the case within the jurisdiction of that Court, and to save sending it to the Quarter Sessions, Mrs. Russell reduced the value of the articles to £1 19s.

Information researched by Sue Redding