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Key dates over April 1915

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Lives lost on this day: 0

7th April 1915 - Trench howitzer was used with good effort

Rolling casualty count: 966

1st Batt: In trenches and very quiet. Trench howitzer was used with good effort; 2nd Batt:The battalion relieved the 2nd H.L.I. in the trenches at Festubert at 7pm. ‘C’ and ‘D’ Coys in the firing line, ‘B’ Coy in support, ‘A’ Coy in Reserve. A draft of 20 NCOs and men arrived at Smelly Farm under Lieut. N. Temple;3rd Batt: In trenches at Dickebush. 3 wounded;

Lady Scoutmasters: Kidderminster:There was a large gathering and inspection of Boy Scouts on Tuesday, troops being presented from most of the North and Mid-Worcestershire districts. The Scoutmasters included Lady Morvyth Ward (Witley Court), the Hon. M. Pakington (Waresley Court), Miss Baldwin (Astley Hall). The movements included an endeavour to seize the Corporation waterworks and reservoir, and Lady Morvyth Ward’s troops succeeded in holding the reservoir for some time. Mr. Stanley Baldwin, MP ,was present, and delivered a brief speech;

Strays: For allowing three sheep to stray, George Gardener, of Upper Colwall, was ordered to pay 6s. P.C. Bennett found the sheep on the Welland Road.

Extension of the Garden Suburb: The opening of a new block of buildings at the Garden Suburb, on Tolladine Road, was performed by Earl Grey, G.C.M.G., today Earl Beauchamp, K.C.M.G. presided;

Bad Language: Elizabeth Burns of Leigh Sinton, was summoned for using indecent language, near St. Joseph’s Roman Catholic Church, Newtown Road. Supt. Sherriff stated that the woman was a nuisance to the whole place. Fined 13s inclusive, or 14 days;

A Welsh solder who is a prisoner of war in German has contrived to inform his relatives of the shortage of food in the camp where he is by the ingenious use of Welsh words as proper names. His letter is signed “Dim Bara,” which means “No Bread.” His relatives may soon be able to write back “Dim Beer.”

Information researched by Sue Redding

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