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Lives lost on this day: 4

14th March 1915 - First and Second Battalions back in trenches

Rolling casualty count: 922

1st Batt: Red Barn: Remained in billets until 6.30pm when we returned to the firing line and occupied old and new trenches in and on the right of ‘D’ Lines;

2nd Batt: The Battalion relieved the 2nd H.L.I. in the trenches at 4 pm at Cuinchy. The Hollow rather heavily shelled during the relief. Very heavy sniping and occasional shelling during the night;

3rd Batt: In billets at Locre;

Colour-Sergt Robinson, attached for some years to the Malvern College Contingent of the Officers’ Training Corps, has been appointed Regimental Sergt. Major of the 9th Battalion Worcestershire Regiment; The special recruiting campaign in Worcester during the past five weeks has been attended with marked success, no few than 465 recruits for the various units of the Forces having been enrolled, whilst 112 other candidates had to be rejected on medical grounds. The value of such a record is enhanced by the fact that the district had supplied previously such a large number of men, and therefore the scope of operations was necessarily restricted;

Four Soldier Brothers: Pte. “Bert” Fenn, of Alvechurch, has been killed in the trenches. He was in the 1st Battalion Worcestershire Regiment, and died on 22 February near La Bassee. He was one of four soldier brothers, one of whom, Corporal Fenn, of the 2nd Battalion Worcestershire Regiment, is now at home recovering from gunshot wounds in the head; Territorial Recruiting: During the past weeks 78 recruits have been enrolled for the various units of the Territorial Force in the county;

Dramatics at the Barracks: For several weeks, owing to smaller numbers in Barracks, it has not been possible to give entertainments in the YMCA hut at Norton, and Canon Tupper’s delightful Thursday evenings have been sorely missed. But this week, when the St. Martin’s Amateur Dramatic Society supplied the programme, arranged by Miss Willmott, they found a good company, comprising practically every available man in Barracks, and a few of the patients from the hospital all of whom were appreciative of the efforts of the artistes, whose acting was uniformly good.

Information researched by Sue Redding