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Key dates over May 1915

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Lives lost on this day: 3

20th May 1915 - 2/8th Battalion inspection

Rolling casualty count: 1272

1st Batt: Battalion gets into billets between La Flinque crossroads and S. end of Laventie. Relieved in trenches by 2/Northants and 1/5th Black Watch;2nd Batt:The Brigade moved to the area around Lillers. The Battn going into billets at Ecquedecques;3rd Batt: Relieved R.I. Rifles in trenches E. of Dickebush;

Bath and West Show, Favourable Opening: The show was opened today in beautiful weather. Heavy rain fell in the night, and it was expected that the ground would be very sort, but, happily, it was in fairly good condition, except where the heavy traffic had passed, and there were mud ruts half a foot deep. There was a constant stream of visitors, arriving by motor car, motor ‘bus, tram car, and afoot, and there seemed every prospect of a good attendance, though it was not expected that it would reach that at Swansea last year;

Sir,- In your last issue ‘Citizen’ was bewailing the fact that a golden opportunity had been missed on Sunday. The opportunity was that ladies should cadge – it is the best word, though not euphemistic – among the crowd for money to provide Volunteers with uniforms. I suggest that if any begging is to be done let it be in aid of the widows and orphans of the men who have died for us, and a little might be given to convalescent wounded soldiers who are walking about Worcester streets today, certainly not in want of food or necessaries, but “short, short, stony broke” with regard to a little pocket money for personal needs. Ask them, they are too proud to beg and too modest as British soldiers to brag…Another Citizen;

The 2/8th Battalion Worcs. Regiment was inspected on Wednesday by Sir Alfred Codrington, G.O.C. 3rd Army. After receiving the general salute from the Battalion as he came on to the parade ground, Sir Alfred walked round the lines on a tour of inspection. The men took off their boots and socks, and Sir Alfred again traversed the lines, and looked very carefully at the men’s feet. He then inspected the men’s kit.

Information researched by Sue Redding