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Key dates over March 1915

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Lives lost on this day: 1

19th March 1915 - Annual meeting of Worcestershire Boy Scouts

Rolling casualty count: 949

1st Batt: In billets at Estaires;

2nd Batt: In billets at the Orphanage Bethune. The whole Battalion got a hot bath and complete change of clothing under the arrangements of the 2nd Division;

3rd Batt: Relieved by Northumberland Fusrs and marched to billets at La Clytte;

The Battenhall Hospital: Four motor cars were utilised on Saturday afternoon for the collection of gifts promised by householders in various parts of the city for the hospital. The collection was made by members of the Voluntary Aid Detachment. A further collection will be made today, and it is hoped to complete the collection on Thursday;

Local Notes: Among the latest contributors to the Christie sale in aid of the British Red Cross Society and the Order of St. John is Sir Edward Elgar, O.M., who has sent an enamel jar of curious design and a copy of the edition de luxe of W.R.Flint’s “Song of Song;”

Hospital for Wounded near Stourport: Mrs Stanley Baldwin has equipped and opened a hospital for wounded soldiers at Wilden, and the first contingent of invalids arrived on Saturday;

The annual meeting of the Worcestershire Boy Scouts took place at the Shirehall on Monday afternoon. The outbreak of war gave Boy Scouts many opportunities, for which their training had prepared them, of being of good use, and their services included such work as guarding reservoirs, railway viaducts, and the telegraphs; acting as orderlies to the military and police, to the Red Cross and public service committees; collecting foodstuffs, parading at recruiting meetings, collecting newspapers in aid of the National Red Cross;

8th Battalion: Two drafts, each of 40 men, will leave Worcester on Friday to join the 8th (Reserve) Battalion at Northampton. One will travel by the 9.05 from Foregate Street, and the other by the 12.40 from Shrub Hill;

Frank Timon Badford (60), refreshment house keeper of New Street, was summoned for selling milk deficient in fat to the extent of 18.6 per cent, and in non-fatty solids to the extent of 16.8 per cent. Mr. Harrison explained that the defendant, since the issue of the summons, had become bankrupt;

School Attendance: John Charles Saunders, boot finisher, 8 Inglethorpe Square; was summoned for neglecting to cause their child to attend school. In regard to this case, the child was sent on errands by her mother. The mother told the Magistrates that the child was subject to bilious attacks. An order was made for regular attendance, and defendant was ordered to pay 2s. 6d. towards the costs.

Information researched by Sue Redding