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Key dates over April 1915

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Lives lost on this day: 15

30th April 1915 - 126 Prisoners in Germany

Rolling casualty count: 1070

1st Batt: Billets Rue de Bruges. ‘D’ Coy rejoined battalion; 2nd Batt: In billets at Bethune;3rd Batt: Relieved by R. Irish Rifles and marched to billets near Dickebush;

Lavatories: Sir, Permit me to reply to and comment upon a recent letter to you from “Disgusted.” The writer in question does not mean lavatories, but other public conveniences. He thinks it “is disgraceful” for these places to be labelled as for “Men” and for “Women.” In the most polite country in the world (France), similar notices are always similarly inscribed. It would be more disgraceful, to say nothing of inconvenient, were there separate places for the nobility, the gentry, and the hoi polloi. As, apart from rank and class, we are all men and women; surely “Disgusted” is needlessly disgruntled? CLIFFORD CORDLEY;

Prisoners in Germany: A list of 126 prisoners in Germany, received from the German Government, includes the following members of the Worcestershire Regiment: Pte. W. Waterfall, 10189. Previously reported missing, now reported prisoners: , Pte. F Kingston, 7280 and Pte. T.Muggeridge, 9723;

Attack on Public House Window: Mary James (59), hawker, was charged with damaging two plate-glass windows, the property of Thomas Hopwood. She pleaded guilty. Evidence showed that prisoner was refused drink at the Five Ways Inn, Angel Street, and went out and smashed the windows. Dr Watson said that prisoner was suffering from cancer, and had been in hospital since her commitment. Prisoner, a native of Gloucester, was bound over for six months and would go at once to the Workhouse at Gloucester;

An Officer’s Interesting Letter: Writing home to his mother at Worcester, an officer of the 8th Batttalion, now at the front says:- We are now out of the trenches for a “rest,” but we expect to be digging most of the night. My platoon, though theoretically in the firing-line, has the firing-line of another Regiment overlapping it in front, so that I am really in support. It has the advantage of being safer, and the disadvantage of having stray bullets and fixed rifle fire unpleasantly near us at times, without being able to find where they come from, or to retaliate in any way…there are numerous amusing signs and notices. In one dangerous place a triangular motor danger post; in another some enterprising gentleman has gone so far as to obtain and nail on a tree near his dug-out a porcelain printed notice, “No hawkers or circulars.”

Information researched by Sue Redding