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Key dates over February 1915

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Lives lost on this day: 0

26th February 1915 - Frozen snow and thick fog is good and bad news for the front line trencehs

Rolling casualty count: 662

1st Batt: ‘B’ Lines: Froze during last night and thick fog came on which did not disperse until noon. Advantage taken of the fog to send out parties to work on Rue de Tilleloy and in bridging ditches behind ‘B’ Company’s trenches. Germans shelled in vicinity of Battalion HQ putting 3 shells onto the roof of the old HQ and 2 in the house opposite. No casualties. At 8pm marched out of trenches to Brigade Reserve Billets Red Barn; 2nd Batt: In billets at Bethune;3rd Batt: Relieved 15th Hussars in trenches E. Kemmel;

The Rev. The improvement effected by the Streets Department of the Corporation at the corner of Little Southfield Street and Sansome Walk, rendered possible by the gift of land to the Corporation by the Conservative Club, made the entrance from Pierpoint Street to Sansome Walk only in one direction very much less difficult. The Corporation were anxious to continue the widening up to the railway bridge, and negotiations with the Railway Company, who owned the land, had resulted in the widening of the street for another 80 feet right up to the railway arch;

Mark Guy Pearse, one of the most celebrated of Wesleyan ministers, paid another visit to Worcester during the week-end. He preached twice in Pump Street Church on Sunday, and on Monday evening he gave a lecture on “Christian Socialism;”

Pte. J. S. Bishop, of “D” Company, 3rd Batt. Worcestershire Regiment says: “We were making some ‘dug-outs’ in which to shelter ourselves from the enemy’s fire. Whilst at work a bullet came between me and my chum, striking the blade of his shovel and knocking it out of his hands without hurting him. A few days afterwards, however, we were in the trenches side by side, when a shot came from the German lines, and struck my chum in the neck. The shot came out at his ear, and he was instantly killed;”

As the result of the recent concert and lecture on the war, organised by Mrs. B. Cartland, in conjunction with Pershore Primrose League, for the purpose of raising a fund by which tins of condensed milk could be sent to the men of the Worcestershire Regiment serving at the front, the sum of £7 14s was raised. It is hoped to give a similar concert after Easter. Mrs. Cartland is to be congratulated on the result attending her efforts.

Information researched by Sue Redding