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Key dates over February 1915

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Lives lost on this day: 1

7th February 1915 - Uniform complaints continue unresolved

Rolling casualty count: 638

1st Batt: ‘B’ Lines: Quiet day. Germans put about 40 shells into a dummy trench near HQ, no casualties. A test message took 61/2 minutes between the sentry in the trench and the OC the supporting Battery RFA (33rd Battery). Germans fired about 10 high explosive percussion shrapnel shells over Battn HQ, this is the first time they have fired at night since November 1914; 2nd Batt: Comparatively quiet day until 4pm when a furious bombardment lasting an hour commenced. The actual billets of ‘A’ coy were pierced by shells, HQ had quite a number very close. Luckily no casualties; 3rd Batt: Kemmel: Relieved in ‘E’ Section by KOSB and moved to ‘F’ Section and relieved HAE.

At a meeting of the local Committee of the Three choirs Festival to consider the possibility of arranging the festival at Hereford this year, it was decided, after some discussion, to postpone consideration of the subject until May;

Worcester City played Wednesbury at St George’s Lane this afternoon, before 500 spectators. The City have been unfortunate in the matter of the weather for their home matches. The condition for several of them has been wretched, and today, though it was fine overhead, rain threatened, and the downpour during the night had made the ground very soft;

11th Worcesters and Uniform: Sir, will you kindly allow me to express, on behalf of my comrades and self, our feelings about our personal appearance in regard to uniform. We understand quite well that the issuing of the same entails a great deal of labour and time, but when a consignment is detailed, and one is asked to go and be fitted, behold one’s disgust to find that, when it is his turn, he is told he cannot obtain one, for, unfortunately, he is 6ft. What is more annoying than to see young recruits of a few days’ service come out smiling with their uniform on their arms, and the poor 6ft man who has been in the service for five months has not yet received a suit of khaki. My comrades and I think that enough time has elapsed in which to be equipped with a suitable uniform, not forgetting the head-gear (our present caps are very unsuitable in the present state of the weather), so that we may look like soldiers. ‘One of ‘em.’

Information researched by Sue Redding