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Key dates over June 1915

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Lives lost on this day: 3

23rd June 1915 - First Battle of the Isonzo. Italian troops attack Austro-Hungarians in north-eastern Italy, aiming to reach Trieste. Disappointing results but operations continue until 7 July.

Rolling casualty count: 1536

1st Batt: In Brigade Reserve billets along La Bassee road; 2nd Batt: Quiet day, making shelters. Battn relieved 2/H.L.I. in “Y2.” Relief commenced from Noyelles-Les-Vermelles at 8.40 pm and completed by 11pm. ‘D’ Coy in Right front trench, ‘C’ Coy in Left front trench, ‘A’ Coy in Support in Boyau 8, ‘B’ Coy in Reserve in Vermelles. Very quiet night. Patrols report Germans cutting grass in front of Left Platoon; 3rd Batt: In trenches S. of Hooghe. Relieved by 2/Royal Irish Rifles at 4am and marched to bivouac half mile due S. of Ypres; Royal Field Artillery: La Creche: 1st Battery withdrawn by sections and pontoon taken over by D battery 64th Brigade. 1st Brigade marched to La Creche.

To the Editor: Leave to the 8th Worcesters: Sir, - I was very much surprised to read in your paper last night that leave was being granted to the above Battalion form the trenches. No one will begrudge them their two or three days’ off, but, surely, there are other Battalions that are more entitled to leave. There are plenty of men who were called up at the outbreak of the War who have never seen their wives, children, or parents since. There are also lots of young men who joined the New Army who were sent out after three months’ training without any leave whatsoever from the time of joining. What will these men think when they know that others who have only had a taste of warfare are being granted leave. If anyone is entitled to leave it is the men who have stood the hardships of the winter’s cold and frost in the trenches. “A BELIEVER IN FAIRNESS;”

Victim’s Death: William Thomas, stoker, of 35, York Place, the man who was injured in the motor car accident in Foregate Street on Sunday night, died in the Infirmary on Tuesday night. The City Coroner will hold an inquest on Friday afternoon;

Cadet Corps in Secondary Schools: The Chairman said that several of the secondary schools in the county had formed Cadet Corps, and they wanted a place to camp on in July. It was resolved to ask the Council if arrangements could be made for them to camp on Hartlebury Common. The Council agreed to give permission for the Corps to camp there;

Dangerous State of the Roads: The Chairman drew attention to the very dangerous state of the main road at Powick, and the necessity for the tar macadam being gritted. He said that after they complained to the County Council some months ago there was an improvement, but the roads were as bad or worse today. The road at Powick was unsafe for horse traffic, and several nasty accidents had occurred there recently. If the assistant road surveyors used a horde and tray, as they used to do (instead of motors), there would soon be an improvement. Mr Maddocks said that the Droitwich road was even worse than that at Powick. He thought that, on hills at any rate, the road ought not to be tarred on the sides. The Chairman said that the hills were not tarred at all in Gloucestershire. It was decided to ask the County Council to have the present state of affairs remedied and also to leave the sides of the roads on hills untarred, so that horses could get a grip.

Information researched by Sue Redding