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Key dates over February 1915

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Lives lost on this day: 3

12th February 1915 - Illegal gaming charges in City premises

Rolling casualty count: 644

1st Batt: ’B’ Lines: Snowing in early morning, then rain. CO reconnoitred area Battn would pass to support ‘A’ Lines. Germans shelled ‘A’ Company’s breastwork and broke down about 10 yards of it, breastwork was built up again in the night. Very little firing by the Germans either by day or night; 2nd Batt: A furious bombardment of enemy’s position by the French and guns of Section ‘A.’ Work continued on splinter proofs. ;3rd Batt: In trenches E. Kemmel;

Mr F. Panrucker, son of Mr. G.B. Panrucker, of Worcester, who joined the Royal Flying Corps 25 months ago, is now home of a five days’ leave from the front, where he has been engaged continuously since the beginning of the War. Formerly he was a motor cyclist despatch rider, but he left that work after sustaining a severe accident. He has now recovered, and is in splendid health;

A member of the Worcestershire Yeomanry, writing of the recent inspection by General Peyton, says: “The General made a very thorough inspection, one squadron at a time, giving each squadron a different style of work. We went through a lot of squadron work at the gallop, with drawn swords, which is more difficult than it looks, by the way. The General told Captain Wiggin that he couldn’t pick out a single bad rider;”

Charges of Gaming in Worcester:At the City Police Court this morning, before Alderman J.A. Steward, Messrs. W.K. Kay, and H.B. Kenward, Herbert Simcox, confectioner, of 71, St. John’s; Sarah Summers, restaurant keeper, 19, Little Angel Street; and Mary Taylor, confectioner, 33, New Street were summoned under the Gaming Act, for permitting their respective houses to be purpose of gaming. Mr. Southall explained that the summonses arose out of the use of the automatic machines. It was not automatic machines which were objected to, but the way in which these were used and the results of them. On one occasion, there were 19 youths round one of the machines, and once as high as 45. These boys played on these machines, spending money which they could not afford, and they nearly always appeared to lose their money. There had been a great many complaints from parents…As the machines had been decided to be perfectly legal, according to the Appeal Courts of England and Scotland, the case was dismissed on payment of costs, 19s in each case.

Information researched by Sue Redding