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Key dates over February 1915

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Lives lost on this day: 0

3rd February 1915 - Turkish forces cross the Sinai Desert and assault the Suez Canal. The attack is strongly defeated.

Rolling casualty count: 629

1st Batt: Battalion went into Brigade Reserve billets at Red Barn; 2nd Batt: In billets at Essars;3rd Batt: In billets at Locre.

The tenders for the proposed public lavatories being considerably more than the architect’s estimate, the Streets Committee resolved to recommend the Council to defer the work for the present. Alderman Caldicott said he was in favour of going on with the work, and on the motion of Alderman Constance, it was resolved to accept the lowest tender, £685, that of Mr. C. Kimber, for carrying on the work. The highest tender was £756;

Cyclist’s complaint: “Dear Sir, I feel it is a duty to bring to the notice of our Streets Committee the obvious danger to cyclists in passing the double tram lines at the bottom of St. George’s Square, Barbourne Road. The ruts in the road are fatal if your wheel gets in them, and during the wet weather, many were the bad falls experienced by those awheel. With the rain this evening the road is in quite a bad state again. I remember one fatal accident at this point, and I trust the Committee will instruct their Superintendent to have the necessary repairs done and thus save Barbourne “wheelers” many a nasty skid”. ‘Humberite’;

The new recruiting campaign at the Guildhall opened suspiciously on Monday. Up to 4 o’clock there were 23 recruits, of whom only five had to be rejected. Capt. Green and Mr Walter Cheesewright, who are organising the campaign, were gratified alike by the number (which was greater than the first day’s total at Kidderminster and Stourbridge), and also by the quality of the recruits, who were of an excellent type;

The Artillery (Reserve Brigade) leave Shrub Hill at 10:25 tomorrow morning to join the 8th (Reserve) Battalion and the other units of the South Midland Division at Northampton. Lt Ross will be in charge of the Depot, where recruits can be attested daily. About 200 men are still required.

Information researched by Sue Redding