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Key dates over June 1915

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Lives lost on this day: 8

28th June 1915 - Deserter arrested in Worcester

Rolling casualty count: 1557

1st Batt: In trenches; 2nd Batt: Quiet night. Patrols reported some German working parties heard and some transport moving but below the average. The village of Vermelles was shelled by enemy between 3 and 4 in the afternoon and again in the evening. One man and one horse slightly wounded. At 10pm relief by Royal Munster Fusrs. Was commenced and completed at 12midnight. Battn after relief marched to billets in Annezin, west of Bethune, arriving there about 3am on the 29th; 3rd Batt: In Trenches S. of Hooghe; Royal Field Artillery: Vieux Berquin do Ecque: HQ, 2nd and 3rd Batteries move to bivouac.

Boy Run Over: A boy of about five years of age, living in Fish Street, met with an accident in that street this afternoon. He was knocked down and run over by a Midland Railway Company’s dray. He was medically attended and then taken to the Infirmary. Eye-witnesses attach no blame to the driver of the dray;

During the past week soldiers of the Worcestershire Regiment have been working in the hayfields at Astwood Bank, and have rendered very good service. In all probability their term of leave from military service will be extended.; 8th Battalion Leave Suspended: We understand that the leave to the 8th Battalion has been suspended. A week ago it was announced that each man would have three days’ leave, and the first batches of men have been home and returned to the front;

Yeomanry’s Departure: The Worcester Yeomanry (third line) are to leave Worcester tomorrow. The Artillery and 8th Battalion (third lines) will leave when arrangements have been made for them to go under canvas;

Deserter: Pte. William Hurley (28), Bush Walk, was charged with being a deserter from the 6th Battalion Worcs. Regt. Chief Inspector Smith said Hurley was arrested in the city in February last, but later he escaped from a draft at Norton Railway Station. On Sunday, witness received information that the prisoner was again in the city, and with three other officers he visited the house and surrounded it. Mrs. Hurley said her husband was not there, but witness searched the house and found him upstairs. Prisoner admitted being a deserter, but said that he had been making ammunition. He was ordered to await an escort and pay 10s. as expenses for his arrest to the police concerned.

Information researched by Sue Redding