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Key dates over April 1915

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Lives lost on this day: 0

11th April 1915 - German mine misses its mark

Rolling casualty count: 970

1st Batt: In billets near Fleurbaix. Fleurbaix shelled at regular intervals during the day. No damage done; 2nd Batt: In the trenches at Festubert. A quiet day. Bishop of Khartoum held a service at Smelly Farm at 12.15 pm. Several German Aeroplanes came over in spite of heavy shelling from Anti-aircraft guns. One Coy 17th London Territorials took over the line of right front Company. Germans exploded a mine in front of the French on our right, but it was short and missed its mark. Very heavy rifle fire during the night. ‘C’ Coy relieved ‘B’ Coy in firing line;3rd Batt: In billets at La Clytte;

Sunday at the Barracks: Sunday was an interesting day at Norton Barracks. For the first time for some months there was an open-air parade service in the morning, conducted by the Chaplain, Rev. W.W.Vevers. The service was choral, the musical portions being led by the Depot Band, under Bandmaster S. Swain, of the 2nd Battalion, and were very efficiently rendered, the men joining in heartily;

Youths Gaming: Frederick Wells (18), bottle washer, 17 Inglethorpe Square, Charles Turner (14), core maker, 28 Lowesmoor Terrace and five others were all summoned for gaming with coins in the Tolladine Road. P.C. Walters said that, while in plain clothes, he saw the boys playing pitch and toss with coins. He caught two of the boys, who gave him false names and addresses. He afterwards identified the other boys. The boys that had been before the Court before were fined 4s. each and the remaining three were fined 2s. 6d;

King’s School: Amongst the successful candidates for admission to the Military Colleges in the list just issued are A.K.Matthews (Woolwich) and E.R.Newcomb, formerly Dean Forrest Scholars, from the Choir School (Sandhurst). J.D. Twinberow, also a Worcester boy, obtained an Indian cadetship to the Quetta College;

St. George’s Café Chantant: An enjoyable café chantant took place in the Parish Hall at St. George’s to help to raise funds for the Red Cross Hospital at Battenhall Mount. A large number of ladies gave their services in various capacities, the room was decorated with flags, and the ladies and little girls who sold sweets and refreshments wore Union Jacks over their white dresses.

Information researched by Sue Redding

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