Key dates over May 1915
Lives lost on this day: 3
2nd May 1915 - Battle of Gorlice–Tarnow. German and Austro-Hungarian armies defeat the Russians in the centre of their line and begin to drive them back. After weeks of retreat, the Russians lose most of their territory in Poland.
Rolling casualty count: 1075
1st Batt: Major Aiden D.S.O. took over 2nd in Command of the Battalion; 2nd Batt: In billets at Bethune;3rd Batt: In billets at Dickebush;
Hartlebury: A Horse’s Jump: Two horses belonging to Mr. Southall, attached to a wagon which was being loaded at the Station, bolted and went at a great pace towards the village. They swerved on to the footpath and the trace horse jumped over a low wall with an iron fence upon it, and deposited himself prone on the flower beds in Mr. Dalton’s front garden. The other horse and the wagon crashed sideways into the wall, which was demolished for a distance of eight or ten yards. A number of soldiers happened to be at the station, and soon had the trace horse up, little the worse for his fall;
A Fatal Chirp: Thomas Barber, labourer, of no fixed abode, was charged on suspicion of stealing four chickens. P.C. Jauncey said that heard something chirping in the prisoner’s pocket when he passed him on the Cross. He stopped him and asked him what he had in his pocket. Prisoner said that he had only flowers, but, on searching his pockets, witness found chickens a few days old. Prisoner said he came from Upton. The Chief Constable said that the Upton Police informed him that it had been discovered from whom the chickens had been stolen. Prisoner was handed over to the Upton Police;
Illegal Keeping of Petrol: Bertie Reginald Cam Hicks (30), ironmonger, of 14 Bridge Street, was summoned for keeping petroleum without a license. He pleaded guilty;
Drunk: Albert Hussell, labourer, 6, Newtown Road pleaded guilty to being drunk in Shrub Hill Road, and was fined 5s;
Angling: We are having a spell of lovely weather, which has brought out the flies. A good show were on the water on Thursday last…Above Tenbury, three brace of fine trout were taken with the stone fly. At Martley good catches of trout were had with maggot and worm. Some fair sized eel were taken…The St. George’s Club had their annual meeting at the St. George’s Tavern, many of last year’s members have gone to the front, but the Club still has 81 members, and it is in a flourishing condition. Three competitions are arranged for this season, and a gold medal will be given to the heaviest fish taken in the three contests.
Information researched by Sue Redding
- Pte William Mullett 15406 - 4th Bn Worcestershire
- Pte Alfred Danks 2179 - 1/8th Bn Worcestershire
- L/Sgt Edgar Mitchell 9993 - 4th Bn Worcestershire