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Key dates over February 1915

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Lives lost on this day: 0

22nd February 1915 - Family gifts Mrs Henry Wood's volumes to the Library

Rolling casualty count: 660

1st Batt: In billets at La Gorgue, draft of 20 NCOs and men joined; 2nd Batt: A number of Officers, NCO’s and men were mentioned in despatches. Relieved the HLI in the trenches at Festubert, ‘A’ and ‘B’ Coys in the firing line, ‘C’ & ‘D’ in support. One officer and 7 men wounded; 3rd Batt: Relieved by HAC and marched to billets at Locre;

The Worcester Library Committee reported that Mr. C. W. Wood, a son of Mrs. Henry Wood, sent his promised gift of the complete works of his mother. There are thirty-nine volumes, handsomely bound, which he has sent in honour of the Mrs. Henry Wood Centenary. Mr. Wood also renewed his offer to present to the Committee three engravings of his mother, by some of the best engravers of the time. On the motion of the Chairman, seconded by Mr. Stone, Mr. Wood was heartily thanked, and his kind offer accepted. Mr. W. Warman, of Ombersley, was also thanked for an interesting donation, which included a map of the world, worked in silk, by his grandmother, in 1791; a book containing old specimens of penmanship, several old manuscripts and prints of local interest, and a piece of Madrapore marble, supposed to have been taken from an old mantel-piece at Witley Court, during the time of the late Earl of Dudley;

We are informed that the arrangements which are being made for the transfer of the 11th Battalion from Barbourne to Norton Barracks are not yet completed, and that the men will not leave their billets on Monday. The authorities at Norton are undoubtedly preparing for the reception of the men but they do not know when the order for the transfer will be made. We could not get any definite arrangement from the Battalion HQ;

Pte. E. F. Oliver, of the 2nd Worcestershire Regiment, who has been invalided home, went through seven bayonet charges without a scratch. He was in the historic charge at Gheluvelt, when the famous regiment stormed and carried the German positions. The Worcestershires lost 180 men in half an hour. Asked by a Press representative how he felt when he killed his first man, Oliver said, “You’ve no time to think of the first, you’ve got to get ready for the second. It’s either you or the other fellow.”; Col. Edwards, Officer Commanding at the Worcestershire Depot at Norton Barracks, informs us that the Government is now supplying cardigan waistcoats for men in the Army, so that there is no necessity to appeal further to the generosity of the county.’

Information researched by Sue Redding