Key dates over May 1915
Lives lost on this day: 4
19th May 1915 - Defence of Anzac. At Gallipoli, Australian and New Zealand troops fight off a very heavy Turkish attack. After weeks of effort on both sides, it is clear stalemate has been reached.
Rolling casualty count: 1269
1st Batt: In trenches; 2nd Batt: Battalion billeted in Les Herisoirs;3rd Batt: In billets at La Clytte;
Age Limit Raised to 40 years: The Secretary of the War Office announces, in connection with Lord Kitchener’s appeal for more men that it has been decided that recruits enlisting in the Regular Army for the duration of the war shall be accepted up to the age of 40 years, and that the minimum standard of height for such recruits shall be 5ft. 2ins. for infantry. This decision applies also to enlistments into the Territorial Force. The present limit of age, except for old soldiers, is 38. The standard of height is 5ft. 3ins., except in the so-called Bantam Battalions;
Inspector Vale, of Shrub Hill Station, has five out of six sons serving in His Majesty’s Forces. Two sons are in the R.F.A., two in the R.E.’s, and one in the 8th Worcesters;
A member of our printing staff, writing from Maldon, where he is stationed with the 8th (Reserves) writes to say that he returned from his recent furlough early in order to have an hour or two in London and he adds, “It is surprising how the Worcesters were thought of there. Several asked us what we belonged to, and when we told them, we could have anything we wanted , beer, cigarettes, and tobacco, and several ladies threw packets of cigarettes into the carriage;”
Soldier Bound Over: Pte. John Foy (45) of the 3rd Battalion, Worcs. Regt., was charged with stealing from a railway carriage, at Worcester, a lady’s khaki coat, value £1 11s. 9d., the property of William Johnston, draper, Bromsgrove. ..Mrs. Hope, landlady of the Red Lion, Sidbury, said that prisoner called for a drink, and said that he had a coat to sell, worth £2. She asked him where he got it, he said that he found it in a railway carriage, and she thereupon refused to purchase it;
The Committee of the Bath and West Show have decided to admit all wounded soldiers to the show free of charge. They must be in uniform.
Information researched by Sue Redding
There were no casualties reported on this day.