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Key dates over June 1915

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Lives lost on this day: 3

1st June 1915 - Increasing numbers of women start to be employed in British munitions factories

Rolling casualty count: 1313

1st Batt: In trenches; 2nd Batt: Battalion in billets at Mazingarbe; 3rd Batt: In Trenches E. Vierstraat; Royal Field Artillery: Petit Pont: Nothing to report. Weather fine. Wind NE.

Motor Cycle’s Skid: Mrs. Holloway, of Sidbury, had a narrow escape from possibly serious injury: When riding a motor-cycle, and proceeding towards London Road, the machine skidded and fell in front of a tramcar. Mrs. Holloway managed to throw herself clear of the rails, but the machine was pinned down under the cow-catcher of the car, although the driver pulled up in a very short distance, and deserves credit for doing so. Mrs. Holloway’s only injury was a grazed face;

Mr. George Clifford, of Providence Street has received news that his son, Lance-Corpl. W. Clifford, of the 2nd Worcesters, has died from wounds received at the battle of the Aisne. He had been in hospital in Liverpool with wounds in the head and arm for some months. He was 27 years of age. His brother, George is with the Worcester Artillery;

Police and War Bonus: The Watch Committee recommended the Council to grant all ranks in the police force a war bonus of 3s. per week each, to cover the extra services recently rendered by the men and the forfeiture of their weekly rest days owing to the war, the bonus not to count for the purpose of fixing pensions or gratuities;

Rapid Promotion for Worcester Man: Sergt-Major Fred Buchanan, of Wyld’s Lane, Worcester, and now of the 7th Cameron Highlanders, was gazetted 2nd Lieutenant shortly after the battle of Neuve Chapelle, and was last week further honoured by being made Captain and Adjutant of his regiment;

More Wounded for the Infirmary: Five wounded were brought to the Infirmary on Monday, and ten more arrived to-day;

Wanted to fight the Germans: George Clifford (54) , Providence Street, was charged with being drunk and disorderly in the Shambles…Defendant pleaded guilty, and said he had lost a soldier son, who had died of wounds on his birthday. The way in which one’s sons were being wiped out, he declared, was enough to make one drunk. He wanted to fight someone, and said it was time the fathers “had a chance at these Germans.” He had tried to enlist twice, but they would not take him because he was 51. He should have to go somewhere where they did not know his age. Defendant had been before the Court 38 times previously. The Bench said he deserved to go to prison, but they did not wish to send him. They fined him 10s.

Information researched by Sue Redding