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Key dates over April 1915

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Lives lost on this day: 1

10th April 1915 - 14 houses opened in Worcester Garden Suburb

Rolling casualty count: 970

1st Batt: In billets near Fleurbaix. ‘C’ & ‘D’ Coys in support of sections 5 & 6; 2nd Batt: In the trenches at Festubert. A good deal of shelling during the day. One Coy 17th London Territorials attached for instruction;3rd Batt: Relieved by R. Irish Rifles and marched to billets at La Clytte;

Departure of the Yeomanry: We understand that the Worcestershire Yeomanry main regiment has left England for service abroad;

Worcestershire Naturalists’ Club: Members of the Club had their first whole day meeting of the season at the South Malverns. The weather was delightful for the most part, though there were occasional showers. The members walked across the fields to the British Camp, and continued to Swinyard Hill and the Gullet Dingle. The Holly Bush Hill was ascended from the glade to the dingle, and the entrenchment of the ancient British camp were inspected. The site of the old British town, lying between the Holly Bush and Midsummer Hills, which was overlooked and protected by the Camp was visited. The walk then continued to the Obelisk Hill and through Eastnor Park to Ledbury. Members returned thence by train;

The Worcester Garden Suburb in the Tolladine Road, which was formally opened a year ago, has been considerably enlarged, and the additions were opened on Thursday by the Earl Grey, in the presence of a large number of members of the Worcester Tenants, Ltd., and others interested in the movement. The addition consist of fourteen houses built on three sides of a square, which the Dean said would be named Earl Grey Square, in honour of Earl Grey. Four of the houses have two bedrooms, and the bungalows have one, and the rents range from 3s. 9d. to 5s. 6d. per week. Each house has a garden and there will be a large lawn inside the square;

Spectacles for Soldiers: War Office approval has been granted to the issue of steel spectacles (both convex and concave) at the public expense during the war to all soldiers whose eyesight is defective, and whose vision and efficiency will, in the opinion of medical officers, thereby be improved.

Information researched by Sue Redding

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