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Key dates over April 1915

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Lives lost on this day: 0

20th April 1915 - Charges laid in jewellery robbery

Rolling casualty count: 979

1st Batt: In billets near Fleurbaix ; 2nd Batt: In billets at Bethune;3rd Batt: Relieved by R. Irish Rifles in trenches. To billets at Dickebush;

Worcester School of Art: The annual prize distribution of the Worcester School of Art took place at the Victorial Institute on Saturday. In a consequence of the War the function was of a private character;

St John’s Boys’ School: The boys of the 7th Standard, accompanied by the Headmaster (Mr. E.R.Bowen) visited the wounded soldiers at the Infirmary, and presented them with 112 eggs, 50 packets of cigarettes, 40 boxes of matches, cigars, tobacco, fruit, jam, flowers, and books, which had been collected by the boys of the school. Letters of thanks have been received from the Matron and J.A. Musk, of the Royal Fusiliers, on behalf of his comrades. The boys have also sent tinned milk and soup squares to the 2nd Worcesters in the trenches, half a guinea has been forwarded to Mrs. Wodehouse for comforts for the 1st Worcesters, and one guinea has been subscribed to the Local War Relief Funds. The roll of honour now contains nearly 200 names of Old Boys who are serving their country in the Army or Navy;

A very successful smoking concert was held at the Gun Tavern, Newtown Road, in connection with the Good Friday benefit match, when the Graham-Armstrong Railway Men’s Football Cup was handed to the winning team ( G.W.R. Sheet Dept.), to hold till next Christmas; Drunk and Disorderly: John Henry Lloyd (37), labourer, of 49, Carden Street, pleaded guilty to being drunk and disorderly in the New Road. P.C. Mann said that prisoner staggered about the road, and supported himself by the chains at the side of the road. He became abusive when assisted. Urged by the Chairman to give up the drink, prisoner left the dock remarking “I’ll go and try.” He was fined 10s, or seven days;

Suspicious “Strangers” – Leonard Egan (32) and Frank Clarke (23), no fixed abode, were charged with stealing a quantity of jewellery and other articles, of the value of £1 17s. 6d., from the house of Jennie Stewart Stephenson Low, 2 Shrubbery Road. The Chief Constable said the house was left locked, but was entered by somebody. Detective Penlington saw these men in All Hallows, and as they were strangers, he questioned them. Eventually, he took them to the police station, and there a portion of the stolen property was found upon them. The prisoners were remanded till Monday.

Information researched by Sue Redding