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Key dates over April 1915

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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