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Key dates over June 1915

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Lives lost on this day: 7

25th June 1915 - Cyclist hit by car dies of injuries

Rolling casualty count: 1543

1st Batt: Take over Section I and part of Section II (Rue Petillon). 2 right Coys relieve 2/W. Yorks and 2 left Coys relieve 8/W. York; 2nd Batt: A thunderstorm with heavy rain came on about 1.30 pm and lasted over an hour, this resulted in trenches having 6” to 12” water in them causing much discomfort. Quiet night. Telephone line out of order owing to rain. Patrols reported all quiet. Usual transport heard in German lines; 3rd Batt: In bivouac half mile due S. of Ypres.; Royal Field Artillery: The Group marched to Vieux Berquin. 9.15pm The brigade marched independently to above place and was billeted. Weather wet.

Worcester Cathedral: Vacancy Among Bedesmen: Applications should be sent to the Chapter Clerk, The Edgar Tower, who will furnish particulars as to duties and emoluments. Preference will be given to former Non-commissioned Officers, particularly if connected with the Worcestershire Regiment;

Victim’s Terrible Injuries: An inquest was held at the Infirmary today on the body of William Thomas, aged 61, a stoker, of 35, York Place, Worcester, who died in that institution as a result of injuries sustained on Sunday, when he was knocked down by a motor car in the Foregate, driven by Leslie George Drury, of the Newlands, New Road, Bromsgrove. The cycle which he was riding at the time was in the Board Room, where the inquest was held. The wheels were buckled and the machine ruined…On his admission to the Infirmary, it was found that he was suffering from broken ribs. He gradually got worse, and died as the result of the broken ribs in Tuesday evening. At a post-mortem examination, the second, third, fourth, and fifth ribs of the right side were broken. The second, third, and fourth ribs of the left side were also broken, as was the breast bone resulting in injury to the lungs and a bruise to the heart;

A Billeting Landlady’s Complaint: Sir, - Allow me to express my opinion in your paper of the way we landladies, who have, out of sheer patriotic motives, billeted engineers, are treated. Of the men themselves one has not the least complaint to make. They were gentlemanly in the extreme, and no trouble at all. We are only too sorry to lose them. But when at a minute’s notice we get them taken away, not even giving the poor fellows time to pack, only to be moved to another part of the town, and, on top of that, the ladies are informed by their boys that they are requested to parade at the Engineer’s HQ, in St. Martin’s Gate, on Saturday morning, the most inconvenient morning of all the week, at the inconvenient hour of 11 o’clock, to get their money, it is time to murmur a little. Heretofore the paymaster has paid the billets at the residence, and it is very infra dig to drag us out from home to receive the money, which, we contend, ought to be brought to us. I think the billeting ladies should have more consideration shown them than this. PATRIOTIC LANDLADY;

Information researched by Sue Redding