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Lives lost on this day: 0

23rd March 1915 - Alleged Poisoned Hounds

Rolling casualty count: 951

1st Batt: Still in brigade Reserve at Rue Efinelte, shelled during the day. Moved at 9.40pm back to Franc Factory, Estaires;

2nd Batt: Shelled at 8:30 am and intermittently during the day. G.O.C 5th Infantry Brigade visited HQ. Some buildings occupied by the supporting company hit by shells;

3rd Batt: Relieved Glos Regt in trenches E. of Ellzenwalle;

Alleged Poisoned Hounds: The Warwickshire Hounds met at Northend, and the pack was moving off to a covert when three of the dogs dropped. Two of them died almost immediately, and it is said they had every appearance of having been poisoned by strychnine.

The Malvern Wells Drill and Rifle Club have held their first competition for the challenge cup given by Mr. E. P. Frederick, of Wells House. The cup was won by Mr. Richard Walker, of Bedford House, with a score of 82. There were 20 competitors;

Mr Ralph Harris, of Offenham, has received a letter from his son, Pte. R. Harris, of the 3rd Worcs, who is in Hospital in London, stating that he has been wounded by a bullet passing through one of his fingers and hand, and also in the back. Pte. Harris enlisted in Kitchener’s Army on the 1st September, and he was in the firing line for the first time on Christmas night.

Mr. G.E. Grove of the 1st Worcestershire Yeomanry has been granted a commission in the 10th Worcestershire Regiment;

Alice Ottley School: Florence Pitcher has passed the Third Division of the Teachers’ Illustrating Examination, with first-class;

Worcestershire Yeomanry’s Efficiency: The 1st Worcestershire Yeomary Regiment were inspected a few days ago by the Hon. Colonel (Lord Cobham), who at the conclusion, paid a high tribute to the efficiency of the men. He believed they would compare with any regiment in the British Army, and wherever they might go they would give a good account of themselves…The fame of the Worcestershire Regiment is such that about 2,000 applications for commissions in its various battalions have been received;

Alleged Theft of Greenstuff: Two Worcester men, John Henry Beale, 7, Sydney Street and George Careless, 16 , Sidbury, were charged with stealing two pots of sprout tops, two pots of turnip tops, a pot hamper, and two bags, at Acton, Ombersley, the property of Albert Oakey, value 4s. 6d. Prisoners were both remanded until the next Petty Sessions;