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Key dates over February 1915

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Lives lost on this day: 0

25th February 1915 - Heavy snow in the trenches

Rolling casualty count: 662

1st Batt: ‘B’ Lines: Heavy fall of snow during the night, country white until noon. Orders received that all labour was to be concentrated on occupying the old fire trenches, companies were directed to commence pumping of operations forthwith. During the night about 20 yards of fire trench per company were pumped dry; 2nd Batt: Relieved by 2/South Wales Borderers. Went into billets at the Girls’ School at Bethune; 3rd Batt: In billets at Locre ;

Mr. J.W. Cheston, of Vernon Park, was riding past the City football ground, and a little girl ran to him telling him that a child was in the canal. Mr. Cheston hurried to the spot, and saw a little girl struggling in the water. With the aid of another man, he quickly got the child out. This is the fourth occasion on which Mr. Cheston has saved a person from drowning, his other rescues having been effected in the Severn and at Perdiswell Park;

At nine o’clock tonight the hooter which has been fixed at the Electricity Works, to give warning of air raids, will be sounded as an experiment. There will be one long hoot and four short ones at intervals of five minutes;

At a meeting of the Worcester War Relief Committee this afternoon, the Mayor stated that the Red Cross Sub-Committee, acting in conjunction with the Voluntary Aid Detachment, had secured Battenhall Mount to be used as a hospital for wounded soldiers. He said the VAD were quite ready to take over all responsibility in connection with the hospital, but he asked the Committee if they would take over part. Sixty beds would be provided, and the War Office would pay £1 1s per soldier, and he calculated that it would cost another £1 1s per head. It was resolved that the Committee should take over part of the responsibility;

An old man, named John Tandy, Nelson Street, 81 years of age, was drowned in the river by Worcester Bridge soon after 9 o’clock this morning. His custom was to walk along the North Parade, and, as his sight was defective, to follow by touch the chain along the Quay. On arriving at the bridge, he used to feel his way by the rail, pass over the road, and down into the South Quay. Today, however, he got further along the Quay chains to the end of them and, still reaching for the barrier, he continued as if to go under the bridge. In this way he walked over the Quay side and fell into the water.

Information researched by Sue Redding