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Key dates over June 1915

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Lives lost on this day: 8

7th June 1915 - Attempted suicide: 'I have lost my only son in the war and it has broken my heart'

Rolling casualty count: 1410

1st Batt: In billets at Le Franc’s factory in Estaires; 2nd Batt: 5th Brigade relieved in the trenches by the 141st Brigade 47th (London) Division and marched to billeting area S. of Bethune. Battn marched out of Mazingarbe at 8.15pm and arrived at Verquin at 10.30pm where they went into billets. (Lieut. E.C. Barton and Lieut. C.J. Killeen joined for duty); 3rd Batt: In trenches S. of Hooghe; Royal Field Artillery: Petit Pont: Nothing to report, wind NW, weather fine.

Concert for Wounded Soldiers: A concert was given at the Battenhall Mount Hospital on Saturday afternoon, for the benefit of the wounded soldiers, all of whom were delighted with an agreeable and diversified programme…Mr. F. Lightowler had a great reception for the favourites “Tipperary” and “Mother Machree;”

“Doing his bit” at Recruiting: Mr. J.F. Santonna, Worcester, who so enthusiastically assisted Capt. Green in his successful recruiting campaign in Worcestershire, has received a handsome silver medal with ribbon and clasp “for services rendered;”

An Appeal for a Cricket Set: Some Worcester boys at the front, writing to this office, appeal for an old cricket set. We are sure that some sportsman will oblige. Even parts of an old set would be welcomed. If sent to the office we will undertake to send the articles to the front;

Worcestershire Cricketer in R.F.A.: The young Worcestershire County Cricket Club professional, Frank Chester, who showed such brilliant promise in the cricket field, has enlisted in the Divisional Ammunition Column, R.F.A., 22nd Division, 3rd New Army, and already has been promoted to be Bombardier. He will have the well-wishes of many besides his club comrades;

Old Woman’s Attempted Suicide: At the City Police Court, Mary Nora Norris (70), no fixed address, was charged with attempting to commit suicide by jumping into the Severn on Thursday last. William Harrison, of 19 Hylton Road, said that he was fishing in the Severn near the Royal George Inn, when he saw prisoner come down the steps to the river. She took off her hat and shawl at the top of the steps, and then jumped into the river. He ran to get a lifebuoy, but could not reach it. He then put out his rod to the prisoner, but she would not take hold of it. He put the rod under her arm and pulled her to the side, and others assisted to get her up the steps…When charged she said, “Yes, I did.” Prisoner now pleaded guilty, and added: “I have lost my only son in the War, and it has broken my heart.”…The Bench committed her to the Assizes, and the Chief Constable said that he would try to get into touch with her friends in Manchester.

Information researched by Sue Redding