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Key dates over February 1915

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Lives lost on this day: 2

20th February 1915 - Exchange of prisoners of war

Rolling casualty count: 656

1st Batt: ‘B’ Lines: A quiet day. Relived at 8pm and proceeded to IVth Corps Reserve billets at La Gorgue; 2nd Batt: In billets at Les Choquax.;3rd Batt: In trenches E. Kemmel;

The Press Bureau issued the names of the British prisoners of war who have been exchanged for German prisoners on the grounds of unfitness for further service. The officers and men arrived in London on Wednesday, and were admitted to Queen Alexandra’s Military Hospital. Those whose health admits will be sent on furlough as soon as possible. The names include three Worcestershire soldiers: Major W. L. Chichester, Pte. J. Droyer (8880) and Lce-Corpl. A. Tillsley (10178), all of the 3rd Worcestershire Regiment;

Seventeen soldiers are leaving Worcester Infirmary today, and are going to Froome Bank Convalescent Home at Bromyard;

The Mayoress desires us to announce the result of the recent whist drive and bridge tournament at the Guildhall. The bridge tournament in the afternoon realised £10, and the evening whist drive £22 12s for the Worcester War Relief Fund;

General Infirmary: Week ending 20th February 1915: Patients admitted 29, discharged 34, in the House 20th February, 1915, 109 (including 41 wounded soldiers);

There was a startling occurrence during a hunt by the Worcestershire Hounds, on Thursday. The meet took place at Broadheath, near Worcester. A fox from Lower Wood dashed away towards Bransford Bridge, but refusing the swollen River Teme, he made for the Bransford railway by Rushwick. Here he made off down the six-foot way, placing hounds in imminent danger from an oncoming train. Only the presence of mind of a servant of the Hunt prevented trouble. Meanwhile the train was held up, and the fox made good his escape.

Information researched by Sue Redding