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Key dates over March 1915

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Lives lost on this day: 1

28th March 1915 - Battenhall Mount opens its doors for 60 wounded soldiers in spacious rooms

Rolling casualty count: 955

1st Batt: Very quiet day. Work of improving trenches carried on;

2nd Batt: Usual amount of shelling during the day. Service held by the Bishop of Khartoum at 2:30 pm in the loft at Smelly Farm. A fairly quiet night;

3rd Batt: In trenches E. of Ellzenwalle;

A recruiting campaign on novel lines is to be undertaken by a Company of the 8th (Reserve) Battalion, under Major Garnett, during the next fortnight. On Monday the Company, consisting of about 100 men, will march to Clifton-on-Teme, and they will be billeted in that neighbourhood until Wednesday, when they will return to Worcester. During their stay they will visit all the villages and hamlets in that part of the county in the hope of gaining recruits. On Thursday they will leave the city for Upton, and exhaust that district in the same way before moving onto Droitwich;

Eggs for the Infirmary: Mrs J. Hall, of Britannia Square, is making a collection today in the Market Hall of eggs for the patients at the Infirmary. So far her appeal has met with a liberal response;

A Worcester citizen is to be congratulated on the conception of an idea culminating in a very useful invention, for which the inventor, Mr. R. A. Roberts, (R.A. Roberts and Co. ,tailors, 32, The Cross), has just been granted a patent. The novelty consists of an up-the-sleeve pocket, which has been designed to conceal a handkerchief. It is easily accessible, quite invisible, and perfectly safe.

Dear Sir – The Great Western Railway Goods Guards at Worcester wish to inform the public that owing to the War, and so many of their comrades are fighting for their country, they have decided not to have their annual dinner on Good Friday; thanking all who subscribed to them in the past, and hoping that in future years they many continue to do the same. J. W. Cording, Secretary;

Battenhall Mount is now ready as a hospital for wounded soldiers. When the Hospital was opened to the public for inspection boxes were provided for the visitors to put in contributions. The total amount received was £53 2s. 9d.… Provision is made for 60 beds and the spaciousness and beauty of the rooms, and the lovely prospects they afford of the surrounding country, will supplement the careful nursing which the wounded will have, and will go a long way to secure a speedy recovery to health in those cases in which it is possible.

Information researched by Sue Redding

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