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Key dates over June 1915

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Lives lost on this day: 3

5th June 1915 - DCM awarded to Pte J Riley, 1st Battallion

Rolling casualty count: 1392

1st Batt: Relieved by 1/Sherwood Foresters and move into billets in Le Franc’s factory in Estaires as Divisional Reserve, 1 wounded; 2nd Batt: Battalion in billets at Mazingarbe; 3rd Batt: Hooghe: Battalion relieved Royal Fusiliers, Royal Horse Guards amd Royal Dragoons in trenches near Hooghe; Royal Field Artillery: Petit Pont: Nothing to report, wind W, weather fine. One other ranks wounded slightly at duty.

Pte. J. Riley, 1st Battalion Worcs Regiment, has been awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal for conspicuous gallantry at Neuve Chapelle. Whilst advancing with his platoon in the attack, Riley attended to several wounded men at great personal risk, and was subsequently severely wounded in the head and both legs whilst performing similar acts.

Assize Prisoners: There are only three prisoners for trial at next week’s Assizes, two from the city and one from the county. Chief interest will centre around the city case, in which William Birch, of Quay Street, is charged with the murder of his wife, Harry Williams, of no fixed abode, is charged with burglary and sacrilege in the city. The only county case is that of Samuel Such, of Redditch, who is charged with attempted suicide;

Asparagus Crops and Prices: Asparagus crops have been unusually plentiful this year. There has been a restricted demand. This has caused a glut, and the glut has brought down the prices to record figures. Bundles of French asparagus, which last year cost from 9d. to 1s. have been selling for 2d. to 4d. There has been a corresponding cheapening in the cheaper varieties;

Fighting in the Dardannelles: Lance-Corpl. T. Fidoe, of the 4th Worcesters, writing to his mother, at Bozward Street, St. John’s, says that he has been wounded, but not seriously. “ I am very lucky to be alive. I went out to fetch a wounded Brigade Major who was lying on a ridge in front of some wire entanglements. As soon as I picked him up a sniper shot me through the back of the head. It was a good job that I happened to be standing sideways, or he would have blown my brains out. They have a lot of German snipers here (and very good shots they are), but the Turks cannot shoot very well…;”

A Veteran Worcester Sculptor: Many friends will learn with regret of the death, which took place at his residence, No. 6, The Tything, this morning of Mr. William Forsyth, sculptor. He was in his 82nd year, he had been in failing health for about a year, but did not take to his bed until about a month ago… he was a man of strong personality, and his sociability and geniality made him one of Worcester’s most popular citizens;

Information researched by Sue Redding

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