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Key dates over March 1915

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Lives lost on this day: 1

24th March 1915 - Worcester Yeomanry presented with pear blossom by Lady Dudley

Rolling casualty count: 952

1st Batt: Brigade moved into billets at Neuf Bequin;

2nd Batt: A very quiet day. Little shelling and no material damage done. Lt Odling R.E. Killed while working on our breastworks. ‘C’ and ‘D’ Coys relieved ‘A’ and ‘B’ Coys in the breastworks;

3rd Batt: In trenches E. of Ellzenwalle;

Half of the Worcestershire Yeomanry have been home on three days’ leave this weekend. It is expected that the remaining half will commence leave tomorrow, but, as the Regiment is under orders for foreign service, and expecting to leave any time, it is uncertain whether leave will be granted. Members of the main Regiment may now be distinguished by the pieces of artificial pear blossom, presented to each man by Lady Dudley, and worn on the caps.

Because of the War, the Worcestershire Musical Competitions will not be held this year. It must not be supposed that the various choirs and societies affiliated with the organisations have been idle. Choirs and choral societies, like other organisations, have lost many of their male members, who are now engaged in the more strenuous study of warfare; and those who have not gone away to fight are too busy with duties directly or indirectly connected with the war to give as much time as usual to the study or practice of music. The Hon. Secretary, Miss Bromley Martin, has set a noble example in this direction. She is busy establishing and equipping a hospital for wounded French soldiers at Arc-en-Barrois;

Presentation to a Retired Postman: Mr. George Churchill, who has recently retired from his duties as postman of the Rainbow Hill district, was presented with a cheque by a number of residents in the district. The letter accompanying the cheque referred to the long and valuable service he had rendered as postman in the district of Rainbow Hill for over 26 years, and expressed the hope that Mr. Churchill would be blessed with good health and spared for many years to enjoy his well-earned pension. Mr. Churchill was recently presented with a gold watch and chain from his fellow employees at the Worcester Post Office;

Bostock & Wombwell’s gigantic combination, menagerie, jungle and trained animal exhibition, will exhibit on the Pitchcroft, Worcester for 2 days only. Descriptive Lectures and Full Performances, at 3.30, 7, and 9.30 pm. All should see the Giant Hippopotamus, also “Tiny,” the Baby Elephant, smallest in captivity, little over 3ft. high; and Hundreds and Hundreds of Beautiful Beasts & Birds, forming a veritable travelling Zoo