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Key dates over February 1915

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Lives lost on this day: 3

28th February 1915 - Local Private charged with being absent from his regiment

Rolling casualty count: 665

1st Batt: Brigade Reserve Billets Red Barn; 2nd Batt: Moved at 4pm and marched via Beuvry-Annequin to Cuinchy and relieved 2/Coldstream Guards in the trenches;3rd Batt: In billets at E. Kemmel;

General Townley, commanding the Seventh Division, visited Worcester On Thursday, and, in the afternoon, inspected the Officers’ Training Corps of the Royal Grammar School. The Corps, 100 strong, paraded in the School playground, and went through various movements under the command of Lieut. Nicholas. General Townley complimented them on their smartness, and expressed surprise that 60 per cent had only been in the platoons one term;

City Police Court: Harry Papworth, farmer of Astwood Farm, Stoke, Bromsgrove, pleaded guilty to being the owner of a cow found straying in the Moors, and was fined 2s 6d. George Knight (55), horse keeper of Victoria Street, was summoned for being at such a distance from a horse and cart in the Bransford Road as not to have due control over it. PC Claxton proved the case, and defendant was fined 5s. Pte William Harley (28) of the 5th Worcesters, was charged with being an absentee from his Battalion. Prisoner had been to the Front, and got wounded, but had since rejoined his regiment. He was remanded to await a military escort;

An order has been issued giving permission to commanding officers to pay an increase of 1s 9d in the billeting money. Up to the present, a flat rate of 2s 3d a day has been paid in respect of Territorials in Worcester, but it is stated that for the past two weeks 17s 6d has been paid for member of the 11th Battalion, and for the Royal Engineers in the Fort Royal district. Colonel Wiggins, commanding the Yeomanry Reserve, has decided to allow the increase this week;

Removing Swine: Alfred Bevan Purnell, farmer, of Warndon, was summoned in respect of four pigs which were moved from Worcester Cattle Market to premises at Warndon without the necessary license. Defendant pleaded guilty, saying that he forgot the license. There were several previous convictions for offences in regard to live stock, and defendant was fined 5s and costs 9s.

Information researched by Sue Redding