Key dates over June 1915
Lives lost on this day: 1
3rd June 1915 - Fire in hayloft of the Saracen's Inn, The Tything
Rolling casualty count: 1315
1st Batt: In trenches, 6 wounded; 2nd Batt: Battalion in billets at Mazingarbe. A draft of 150 other ranks arrive under Lieut. L.G. Lawrence; 3rd Batt: Battalion left Dickebusch and went into billets at Mille Kappelenen in “E” huts; Royal Field Artillery: Petit Pont: Nothing to report. Weather fine. Wind NW. Br. Martin 3rd B I Evacuated to Rest Hospital Bailleul.
Fire at Worcester Hotel: Shortly before eight o’clock this morning, fire broke out in the stable of the Saracen’s Head Inn, the Tything, underneath the hay and straw loft. Naturally the hay and straw caught fire rapidly, and the flames made considerable headway. Mr. W. Roberts, the landlord, telephoned at once to the police, and their fire brigade turned out smartly, under the Chief Constable (Mr. T.W. Byrne). They succeeded in practically subduing the flames thirty minutes after they were called…Little damage was done to the stable below, and a horse was rescued unharmed. The damage (which includes the burning of tables, chaffcutters, corn bins etc.) is covered by insurance. It was fortunate that the fire was confined to the stables, wand did not spread to the adjoining fermenting room, where much more serious damage might have done.
Recruiting Notices on Lamp Posts: An application having been received from the Recruiting Office at Worcester, for permission to hang some small boards on the lamp posts, directing the way to the Recruiting Office in the Exchange Buildings, Graham Road, the Gas Committee recommended that the request be granted. This was agreed to;
Military Camp at Colwall – Work Suspended: The Water Committee reported (that since the May meeting of the Council) , an application had been made by the 12th Gloucestershire Regiment for a supply of water for 1,500 troops on Colwall Racecourse, the work to be completed by Whit Sunday. This was practically accomplished, when, on Whit Sunday, a wire was received to say that all work was to be suspended, as it was doubtful if the troops would be coming;
Singular Typhoid Fever Experience: The Medical Officer of Health for the City (Dr. Mabyn Read), in his 41st report (that for 1914), says: The statistics of mortality are less favourable in some points than those of the last five years, with the exception of 1911…the work of tuberculosis takes up more and more of my time each year. ..The typhoid fever rate is a little larger than that for England and Wales, and twice as large as that recorded for London. The number of deaths was three, all women, compared with 1.4 for the preceding 10 years. There were 19 cases of this disease notified during the year; Two of the patients most probably had contracted the disease by eating raw mussels, and one other probably caught it when on a visit away from the city;
Information researched by Sue Redding
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- Pte. William Stephenson 19662 - 1st Batt: