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Key dates over June 1915

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Lives lost on this day: 1

15th June 1915 - German working parties in front of their line at point where 5th and 4th Brigades meet

Rolling casualty count: 1423

1st Batt: In trenches, 2 wounded; 2nd Batt: 5th Brigade ordered to take over Section ‘Y’ (Vermelles) from 6th Brigade. Battalion ordered to march so as to pass through Sailly Labourse at 8.30 pm. Battalion relieved 5th Liverpool Regt in Section ‘Y2’ commencing from the brewery Vermelles at 9.20 pm. ‘A’ Coy in Right front trench, ‘B’ Coy in Left front trench, ‘D’ Coy in support trench, ‘C’ Coy in Reserve in village of Vermelles. Relief completed at 11pm. Very quiet night, no casualties. Patrols reported German working parties in front of their line at point where 5th and 4th Brigades meet; 3rd Batt: East of Ypres: Battalion left bivouac near Busse-Boom and marched to assembly trenches north west of Hooghe. The 7th Inf. Bde. being ordered to support the 9th Inf. Bde. in an attack on German lines South of Bellewarde Lake. Arrived in trenches 11.45 pm; Royal Field Artillery: Petit Pont: Nothing to report, wind NE, weather fine.

A School Master’s Complaint: At the City Police Court today, Alfred Milner Latham, chauffeur, 5, Great Park Street, was charged with driving a motor car in Astwood Road in a manner dangerous to the public. Mr. Brown, Headmaster of St. Barnabas’ was so impressed by the danger of the driving that, in the public interest, he made representations to the Chief Constable. Mr. A.E. Brown, giving evidence, said that he and three assistant masters were standing in the playground when they heard a motor car approaching. It was making a great noise and their attention was directed to it. As soon as it came into sight he commenced to count, and he calculated that the car passed out of his vision, or travelled 77 yards, in three seconds, which was at the rate of 52 miles per hour. Making a liberal allowance for any inaccuracy in the count he calculated a speed of 30 miles per hour. Estimating the speed from ordinary observation, he thought it would be between 40 and 45 miles an hour. On one side of the road were drawn up two furniture vans and a motor car, so that defendant had to drive his car at that excessive speed on his wrong side. If one of the 40 children (who were at play in the playground) had run out to fetch a ball, as they often did, nothing could have prevented him from receiving serious injury…Defendant said he was a chauffeur in the employ of Mr. W. Badgery. He did not at any time drive at a speed higher than 16 miles an hour, and he could have pulled the car up within its own length. Mrs. Badgery, who was in the motor car, agreed that the speed was about 16 or 17 miles an hour. The road was perfectly clear, except for the furniture van. She had always found defendant a most careful driver, and he was driving with care at this time. Defendant was fined £5;

Bands and Recruiting: Sir, - I notice that the Worcester Artillery are asking for 500 more recruits, and I have wondered why the band of that unit should not be employed in recruiting in the same manner as the bands of the Worcester Yeomanry and 8th Battalion have been used. To me, it seems a pity that any Regimental Band should be sent to the War Station of its unit instead of being used for recruiting. There is nothing like the call of the drum to stir the patriotic spirit in our young men, and now that bands have boomed in London and other large centres for recruiting, and are also encouraged by the Government, why not use our local bands to the best advantage in our own area? INTERESTED.

Information researched by Sue Redding

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