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Key dates over May 1915

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Lives lost on this day: 3

28th May 1915 - Died Like a Hero

Rolling casualty count: 1299

1st Batt: In billets; 2nd Batt: Brigade ordered to take over the trenches held by the 48th French Division, E. of Vermelles-Mazingarbe. The Battn marched to Mazingarbe leaving Ecquedecques at 4.15 pm arriving Mazingarbe at 12midnight, where it went into billets in Brigade Reserve;3rd Batt: In trenches E. Vierstraat;

Died Like a Hero: Mrs. E. Jones, of 79, The Moors, Worcester, has received an official notification that her brother, Private Walter Smith, of “A” Company, 1st Worcesters, was killed in action on the 9th inst. He had a long record of military service, spending eight years in India. When he left the regiment he came to live in Worcester, with his sister, and stayed here for three years. He was employed at Messrs. Ward’s leather works. A t the outbreak of war he rejoined the Army. A letter from his chum says that Pte. Smith “died like a hero;”

Charwoman’s Lapse Through Drink: Mrs. Elizabeth Burman (43), of 20 Gilam Street, was charged with stealing from rooms at the Imperial Hotel, 35, St. Nicholas Street, two dozen table knives, a dozen dessert knives, a dozen dessert forks, and five twill sheets, the property of her master, William Piff, the landlord. The total value of the goods was £2 17s. 6d. Mrs. Piff said that the prisoner had been in her employ as a charwoman since about the middle of February. Soon after she had been in her employ witness began to miss some sheets. She asked prisoner about them, but got no answer…Prisoner pleaded guilty, D.C. Handley said he knew the prisoner well, and her downfall was due to drink. Her husband was an entirely respectable man, employed by a Railway Company. He had quite a shock to find over 40 pawn tickets under a sideboard in his front room. The Bench decided to bind the prisoner over for six months, provided that she would take the pledge;

Pte. R. Gattward, known to Worcester audiences as “Rex, Illusionist,” who joined the R.A.M.C a few months ago, has left England for active service. He was formerly on the staff of “Berrow’s Worcester Journal.”

Information researched by Sue Redding