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Key dates over February 1915

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Lives lost on this day: 2

5th February 1915 - Worcestershire Cricket Club professionals suspended

Rolling casualty count: 632

1st Batt: ‘B’ Lines: Old HQ at Pont Logy shelled and set on fire and burning brightly. Despite Companies having to pass it there were no casualties. A good deal of firing during the night on both sides; 2nd Batt: In billets at Essars;3rd Batt: Relieved Royal Fusiliers in trenches E. Kemmel.

Dear Sir, The need for some place at which soldiers and sailors on sick furlough in Worcester and the neighbourhood may meet and rest has been strongly felt. In order to provide for this we have taken a room at the Central Coffee Tavern, which we hope to open on Monday next as a club room. It will be known as the Worcester Union Jack Club for Soldiers and Sailors at home on furlough. The Committee would be most grateful for the loan of easy chairs and rugs and for gifts of games, papers, books, and coloured table cloths. Subscriptions may be sent to Mr. A.W.Isaac, Old Bank. The Club will be under the supervision of a retired colour-sergeant. Meals will be supplied from the Coffee Tavern. ‘The Committee’;

The professionals in the service of Worcestershire Cricket Club have this morning received notice of suspension for 12 months. It will be remembered that when war put an end to the prospects of county championship cricket, the professionals agreed to accept 6 months’ pay and not to make any further claim upon the Club until first-class cricket restarts. The 6 months have expired, and the Committee of the Club, having no fixtures for 1915, now find themselves obliged to suspend the engagements of the professionals, who will be free to accept other engagements during the summer;

Motorists and Recruiting: Dear Sir, I notice the appeal that the Hon. H. FitzClarence has so kindly made to the motorists of Worcester through the Press. I have very much pleasure in being able to inform you that the War Office scheme worked in conjunction with the Automobile Association has already been conducive to good results, and 49 Worcestershire motorists have expressed their willingness to render us every assistance, but out of this number only 14 are in the Worcester City district, and as it is our desire that no motorist be unduly called upon, we should be glad if others would come forward and register their names. Walter Cheesewright, Recruiting Organiser, Guildhall RO.

Information researched by Sue Redding