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Lives lost on this day: 1

26th March 1915 - Funeral of Seaman Hollingshead, HMS Orion

1st Batt: 24th Brigade took over the section of trenches formally held by the 3rd Canadians Inf. Brigade. The Battalion relieving the 14th Canadian Regt holding Section 1 of the line held by the Canadian Division;

2nd Batt: A certain amount of shelling during the day. HQ and two platoons of London Regiment attached for duty and instruction in the trenches. Sniping very active;

3rd Batt: In trenches E. of Ellzenwalle;

The funeral took place at Astwood Cemetery of Seaman William Hollingshead, of HMS Orion, who lived in Little Charles Street. He took part in the gallant action in Heligoland Bight. Three weeks ago he contracted a chill, and became seriously ill. On Sunday afternoon he was taken to the Worcester Infirmary, but died the same evening. Seaman Hollingshead (23) formerly belonged to the 1st Worcester Company of the Boys’ Brigade, being one of its first members. The coffin was draped with the Union Jack. Four buglers of the Boys’ Brigade sounded the Last Post at the graveside. The ceremony was an impressive one, and a large number of civilians attended. Among the flowers was a floral anchor, the device of the Brigade, sent by the boys;

City Police Court: James William Sheasby, farmer, 70, Northwick Road, was fined 2s. for allowing two swine to stray in Alma Street.

Sir, - There are very many sad cases of soldiers belonging to the County Regiment who have lost a limb during the War, and who require additional attention in order to be able to take up employment with the aid of artificial limbs of the best quality which will cost a considerable sum of money. Funds are also urgently required to enable them to be taught trades which their maimed condition will permit them to follow in order to earn a living. We therefore confidently make this appeal to the county for subscriptions, because we are sure that all of us have followed with pride the glowing tributes of the Commander-in-Chief to the prowess of the County Regiment on the battle-fields of France. Signed: Blanche Coventry, Lily Westmacott;

The Yeomanry Reserve were informally inspected on Pitchcroft by Col. Palmer, Brigadier-General, who expressed himself as being very satisfied with the progress of the regiment;

Information researched by Sue Redding