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Key dates over March 1915

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Lives lost on this day: 6

18th March 1915 - British and French warships at the Dardanelles try to force their way through the Narrows. Three ships are sunk; three are badly damaged. Naval operations are suspended.

Rolling casualty count: 948

1st Batt: In billets at Estaires. Four officers joined;

2nd Batt: A fairly quiet day but the little shelling we got caused 9 casualties. Relieved by the 2nd H.L.I. at about 5 pm and marched by Coys via Annequin-Beuvry to Bethune where the Battalion went once more into billets at the Orphanage;

3rd Batt: In trenches at Kemmel;

Big Route March at Northampton: On Saturday the South Midland Brigade, numbering about 5,000, and including the 7th and 8th (Reserve) Worcestershires, and two Battalions of the Gloucestershires went for a 13 mile route march. The men finished the march in excellent style, and only one or two dropped out of the ranks. A further draft of men are leaving the Worcestershire units to join the main Battalions, to take the places of those who left that village for Northampton recently;

For the Continent: No definite orders have reached Worcester yet with regard to the date of the departure from the East Coast of the Worcestershire Territorials now “under orders for the Continent.” It is expected that their departure will not be long delayed. Probably the 8th Battalion will go next week;

Dickens’ Recital: The Rev. A. R. Runnels-Moss paid his fourth visit to Worcester on Saturday evening, when, to a large audience at the Victoria Institute, he gave a recital of “David Copperfield.” He recited the plot in which Little Emily, the Pegotty family, and Steerforth are the central figures, and he supplied a connective account of the remaining portions of the story, with a judicious selection of the outstanding incidents. He infused rare humour into the passages in which Betsy Trotwood, Micawber, and other well-known characters appear. Mr. W. H. Kewshaw, expressed hope that Mr. Rummels-Moss would be seen in Worcester on many future occasions;

City Police Court: Found Drunk: Sarah Brindley (56), married woman, 22 North Street, admitted being found drunk in Angel Street. P.C. Fisher said that the woman was refused admission to the Theatre. This was the first offence, and the defendant was fined 5s.; Straying: James Virgo, labourer, Leigh, was ordered up for being the owner of a mare found straying in St. John’s. P.C. Sker stated the facts. The defendant said the horse had strayed from Messrs. Leake’s, at Leigh Court (where he had been working). He was fined 2s. 6d.;

Wounded at the Infirmary: Another party of 18 wounded soldiers arrived, by motor ambulances, at the Infirmary today. They included two Worcestershire cases, Lce-Corpl. Poulson (10047), and Pte. Cooke (18733), both of the 3rd Battalion. Of the 18 soldiers, only three were lying down. The others are less serious. Lce.-Corpl. Poulson is suffering from a bullet wound in the back, and Pte. Cooke from a bullet wound in the arm.

Information researched by Sue Redding