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Key dates over April 1915

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Lives lost on this day: 0

21st April 1915 - Inspection of 1st Battalion by Sir John French

Rolling casualty count: 979

1st Batt: Inspection of Battalion by Sir John French at Bac-St-Maur. Sir John ended his address by thanking each individual officer, non-commissioned officer, and man for the part they played at Neuve Chapelle; 2nd Batt: In billets at Bethune. A draft of 35 NCOs and men arrived ;3rd Batt: In billets Dickebush;

Handsome Gift: The children of the late Mr. G.F.Hyde, who was formerly house surgeon at the Infirmary, had sent £1,000 for the endowment of a bed in the surgical ward in memory of their father. The Committee gratefully accepted this offer, and decided that a donation of £1,000 carried with it the privilege of naming a bed and that a gift of £500 entitled the donor to the same privilege respecting a chiild’s cot;

The news has been received in Worcester today by cablegram, stating that the Worcestershire Yeomanry “have arrived safely at their destination.” The Regiment embarked from England ten days ago;

Soldier’s Widow’s Gratitude: Sir, - Will you allow me publicly to thank the Officers and men at Norton Barracks for their sympathy with me and my eight little ones, on the death of my husband, Pte. Arthur Woodward, who died suddenly at Norton Barracks last Thursday. I cannot find words wherewith to express my gratitude to all who have given me their sympathy at this time. I know that God is the God of the widow and Father of the fatherless. Praying Him to bless our soldiers at home and in the battle front. I am, respectfully yours, Fanny Woodward, 26, Diglis Road;

Razors Wanted: Dear Sir,- Referring to the previous appeal for spare razors for the use of our troops at the front, I wish to offer generous thanks for the response made, the number already received being 42,000. These are being repaired, and set by a staff engaged for the purpose, and 25,000 have already been sent to the front; the remainder being adjusted as rapidly as possible…I am conscious that a great many persons have a few razors in their possession, and I fear that, owing to the number being small, and the condition of the razors possibly not good, they do not feel it worthwhile to send them forward. I hope everyone will sent any spare razors he may have. W.H. Ellis, Master Cutler, Sheffield;

To Provide for Disabled Soldiers: A month ago an appeal was issued by the Countess of Coventry and Miss Westmacott for funds to provide artificial limbs for disabled soldiers belonging to the Worcestershire Regiment, to enable them to take up employment , and also for means to train them in trades, which, in spite of their injuries, they may be able to pursue. Subscriptions to the amount of £253 7s. 6d. are announced by the Hon. Treasurer (Mr. A.C. Cherry), but the number of deserving cases already considered and the far greater number which are likely to arise, strengthen the appeal of the Old Comrades’ Association for further contributions.

Information researched by Sue Redding