Key dates over April 1915
Lives lost on this day: 46
28th April 1915 - Demonstrative Scenes at Shrub Hill
Rolling casualty count: 1041
1st Batt: . Draft of 2 Officers and 137 other ranks joined; 2nd Batt: In billets at Bethune ;3rd Batt: In trenches E. Dickebush;
Another distressing fatality occurred on Monday near the George Street Bridge, where so many accidents have occurred during the last few years, a boy named Thomas Bacon, aged eight, of 19, St. Martin’s Gate, losing his life by falling into the Canal. It appears that between 5 and 6 o’clock in the evening, he was throwing stones into the Canal, when he slipped and fell into the water;
Theft at a Picture Palace: At the City Children’s Court, today, Frederick George Hollings (15), errand boy, of 12 Westbury Street, was charged with stealing from Mrs. Annie Roberts, Waterworks Road, whilst in the Silver Cinema, a purse containing 10s. 51/2d. Mrs. Roberts said that she was leaving the Cinema with a crush of people on Thursday evening, when she felt a hand in the right hand pocket of her jacket. She missed her purse, looked round, and seeing the boy, said: “You have stolen my purse.” When she caught him by the collar, he handed back the purse without saying anything. Then he ran away and a constable brought him back…The Chairman, after seriously talking to the boy and urging the parents to look after him, said the Bench had decided to give him another chance, and to fine him 10s. and the costs. The mother was allowed until Saturday to pay;
Demonstrative Scenes at Shrub Hill: There was much stir in the Barbourne District of the City and at Shrub Hill this morning, when C and D Companies of the 11th Battalion, which have been billeted in the City for about six months, left for Salisbury Plain. The A and B Companies have been at Norton Barracks for some weeks, and they left direct from Norton. Those citizens who saw the soldiers arrive would feel some small gratification in their appearance when they left. They came to Worcester after a period of mud-larking on Salisbury Plains, and it had left its marks on them… Not even the industry of the soldier could wipe out the stains. They wore the blue uniform, which made them objects of commiseration. This morning they looked clean and smart, and were in the soldierly khaki. It was some small comfort to think, judging by their health and vigour, the soldiers had been well looked after in their billets. Hundreds of people assembled in Barbourne and hundreds more at Shrub Hill…The men received a little present which took the form of an envelope bearing kind wishes and “good luck” from the people of Barbourne, and it contained two packets of cigarettes, a packet of chocolate, and a box of matches for each soldier;
Mrs Elizabeth Ogle, who disguised herself as a man in order to secure employment in the naval construction works at Barrow, has been compelled to resume skirts, for the law prohibits women from habitually dressing like the other sex. A similar law exists in France, but there the prohibition is relaxed in special cases: Since 1880, Mme. Dieulafoy was formally accorded authority by the Ministry of the Interior, when she accompanied her husband of an archaeological expedition to Persia.
Information researched by Sue Redding
- Pte. Norman Randolph Ashton 11594 - 4th Batt.
- Pte. Harry Barber 12233 - 4th Batt.
- Pte. John William Bates 10732 - 4th Batt.
- Cpl. Harry Bennett 11610 - 4th Batt.
- Cpl. George William Brown 10760 - 4th Batt.
- Pte. Sidney Burville 12448 - 4th Batt.
- L/Cpl. Lewis Clarke 16390 - 4th Batt.
- L/Cpl. Henry Clifford 11575 - 4th Batt.
- Pte. Frank Compton 12904 - 4th Batt.
- Pte. William Denyer 13168 - 4th Batt.
- Pte. Frank Eastwood 12570 - 4th Bn.
- Pte. Edwin Farley 5672 - 4th Batt.
- Pte. Frederick Percy Farmer 11157 - 4th Batt.
- Pte. William Field 12988 - 4th Batt.
- Pte. Edward Fitzhenry 10285 - 4th Batt.
- Pte. John Gillam 13242 - 4th Batt.
- L/Cpl. Thomas Henry Greening 10876 - 4th Batt.
- Sgt. George Edmund Leonard Hammond 9425 - 4th Batt.
- Pte. Basil Harper 17770 - 4th Batt.
- L/Cpl. Jack Hill 12455 - 4th Bn.
- Pte. Hiram Hinton 16434 - 4th Batt.
- Pte. Alfred Hollis 11577 - 4th Batt.
- L/Cpl. George Ernest Lee 11439 - 4th Batt.
- Pte. Arthur Richard Luckhurst 10764 - 4th Batt.
- Pte. Frederick Malin 11626 - 4th Batt.
- Pte. Frank Mills 11894 - 4th Batt.
- Pte. Jonah Mole 12433 - 4th Batt.
- Cpl. James Moulton 12150 - 4th Batt.
- Pte. Alfred George Portman 12261 - 4th Batt.
- Pte. Hubert Price 10526 - 4th Batt.
- Pte William Price 9602 - 4th Batt.
- Pte. Emanuel Morris Siegenberg 9456 - 4th Batt.
- Cpl. Thomas Smart 10701 - 4th Batt.
- Drmr. Frederick Smith 10214 - 4th Batt.
- Sgt. Samuel Lawrence Smith 7378 - 4th Batt.
- Sgt. Samuel Steadman 6005 - 4th Batt.
- Pte. Charles Edgar Taylor 10350 - 4th Batt.
- Pte. Reginald Thomas 13121 - 4th Batt.
- Pte. Charles Tolley 17839 - 4th Batt.
- L/Cpl. Arthur Henry Turtle 10999 - 4th Batt.
- L/Cpl. Arthur Henry Turtle 10999 - 4th Batt.
- Pte. Edward Vincent 12092 - 4th Batt.
- Pte. Frederick George Ward 13050 - 4th Batt.
- Pte. Charles Whitehouse 10226 - 4th Batt.
- Capt. Claude Aspinall Wythes 4th Batt.
- Pte. Joseph Yardley 11581 - 4th Batt.