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Key dates over April 1915

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Lives lost on this day: 1

1st April 1915 - 11th Battalion move into their new quarters at Norton

Rolling casualty count: 960

1st Batt: Moved into billets on Rue Bataille. Draft of 20 joined; 2nd Batt: In billets at Essars;3rd Batt: In billets at Dickebush;

Easter Holidays: The Belle will run to Holt Fleet, Good Friday, Saturday and Sunday, 3pm. Monday and Tuesday 10-45 and 3pm. Fares: 1s Return. Soldiers in uniform reduced fares. Roberts & Everton, The Bridge, Worcester;

Easter at the Barracks: Mr De Vit, Organising Secretary of the C.E.T.S., gave an interesting lantern evening in the Y.M.C.A. hut at Norton Barracks, the topics of two illustrated talks being “Try it” and “The Road to Heaven.” Between the two, Miss Kite sang a solo;

11th Battalion Leave Barbourne: Two companies of the 11th Battalion (one half the total strength) marched to their new quarters at Norton Barracks today;

Passion Music: The Bishop of Worcester conducted the three hours’ service at the Cathedral for Good Friday. In the evening the Passion Music from “The Messian” was sung by the choir and members of the Festival Choral Society. Mr. Mann Dyson was the tenor soloist, and the boys sang the soprano solo passages full. The address was given by the Precentor (the Rev. E.H. Tupper);

Accident: While a detachment of Yeomanry Reserve were passing along Bromwich Lane, an officer’s horse was brought down by a dog getting under its feet, and the rider fell heavily as well. The officer, who was badly shaken, was helped into Mr. W.B. Leicester’s house, where restoratives were administered, and his hand, which had been cut, was bound up. He received further injury to an ankle, which had been severely hurt in a motor car accident some time ago. With difficulty he was able to mount and proceed to his billet. His horse had a bad cut on the shoulder.

Information researched by Sue Redding