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Lives lost on this day: 2

24th May 1915 - Sergt. C.G.A.Wylde: first Worcester Territorial to be killed in action

A Young Patriot’s End: The first Worcester Territorial to be killed in action is Sergt. C.G.A.Wylde, a member of the 8th Battalion, and the only son of Mr. C.A. Wylde, Manager of Lloyd’s Bank at Malvern. He was one of the first men to join the local Territorials after the outbreak of War, and now he is the first citizen belonging to the Territorials to lay down his life. He was only 24 years of age, and was engaged for some years at Lloyds’ Bank, at Worcester, under Mr. H.E. Tovey…He was looking over the parapet with his glasses, scanning the German lines, when a bullet caught him on the head and killed him instantly.

1st Batt: Battalion moves into Div. billets between La Gorgue and the La Bassee road; 2nd Batt: In billets at Ecquedecques, Training, re-equipping and re-clothing;3rd Batt: Relieved by R.I. Rifles and marched to billets at La Clytte (2 Cos.)/Dickebush (2 Cos.);

Bath and West Show – Fourth Day: There were scenes of great animation in the city from an early hour this morning. Thousands of visitors arrived by train, motor ‘bus, motors and every other kind of vehicle, and all wended their way towards the Show Ground. At the Cross every tram and motor ‘bus was quickly loaded, but these could accommodate only a tithe of the crowd – the great majority walking the distance to Perdiswell. The lack of cheap railway facilities put out of the question any approach to the 48,000 crowd which assembled at Swansea last year, but this morning, judging by the continual rush through the turnstiles, there was a distinct possibility of a very satisfactory crowd. At noon, 8,513 persons had passed through the turnstiles and by 2 o’clock the official figures of the attendance were 17,000. Happily, the weather was perfect. Mr. Plowman, Secretary of the Show , said that, considering the adverse circumstances of the war, and also of the lack of excursion trains, the attendance up to the present was satisfactory, and exceeded the expectations of the officials.