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Lives lost on this day: 1

9th March 1915 - Choice of historical lectures to attend

Rolling casualty count: 687

1st Batt: All day in Red Barn billets. Orders received for next day’s operations, preparations made. 2nd Line transport parked at La Gorgue station;

2nd Batt: A quiet day on the whole. Lt R.G.S. Hale wounded. Orders received and necessary precautions taken for an offensive action time to commence at 7:30 am 10th instant. All fur coats and most of the Gumboots handed in;

3rd Batt: In billets at Locre;

King’s School: On Saturday evening, in the College Hall, the Rev. T.B. Monaham, Rector of Wichenford, gave the School a most timely and interesting lecture on the history and deeds of the Worcestershire Regiment. He sketched the career of the old 29th from its enrolment in 1702 down to its latest feats in France, quoting largely from despatches which recorded its work in America, in Ireland, in the Sikh wars in India, in the Peninsular War (especially at Talavera), and in South Africa at Ladybrand. It had been always effective, always steady in action, never defeated, and distinguished in a marked degree by strong corporate life;

Former Worcester Tradesman: The death is announced to have occurred on Sunday, at Nestledown, Ombersley, of Mr. William Warman, in his 86th year. He was formerly a boot dealer in High Street, but retired a decade or more ago. It is only a few weeks since his son, Mr. W.M. Warman, died at Malvern Link. It was only last week that the Worcester Library Committee recorded gifts from Mr. William Warman;

Local Family History and Legend: Few people possess more intimate knowledge of the historical and antiquarian interest of the city and county of Worcester than Mr. F. T. Spackman, and an entertaining evening was assured when he promised to lecture in connection with the Saturday Popular Lectures. He chose a subject in which he is well versed – “Facts and Fables of Local Families.” The Stuart cause, by reason of Worcestershire’s natural Royalist predilection, figured prominently in the lecture. The old Hindlip Hall, Boscobel House, and the old Worcester Deanery were all mentioned. Mr. Spackman had a capital stock of anecdotes and legends concerning the behaviour of Habington, the man who suffered for his intimacy with, if not actual participation in, the Gunpowder Plot. He it was who was condemned to death, but afterwards obtained a reprieve, with the proviso that if he went beyond the confines of the county he would incur the liability of suffering the extreme penalty.

Information researched by Sue Redding