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Key dates over June 1915

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Lives lost on this day: 21

19th June 1915 - Lloyd George - Lord over all?

Rolling casualty count: 1518

1st Batt: In Brigade Reserve billets along La Bassee road; 2nd Batt: The day passed off very quietly till about 5.30 pm when the enemy sent some shrapnel into the village of Vermelles. This was followed by some 5.9 Howitzer shells which fell close to Battn. HQ. 3 Signallers were wounded, 1 seriously and 2 slightly. (Cpl Edgar ‘B’ Coy killed by sniper). The Battalion was relieved in the trenches by H.L.I. Relief started at 6pm and completed by 9pm. Battalion after relief marched to billets in Noyelles-Les-Vermelles, arriving there about 10pm; 3rd Batt: Relieved 7th Northumberland Fusrs in Trenches South of Hooghe; Royal Field Artillery: Petit Pont: Nothing to report, wind NNE, weather fine.

Gaming Machines: The Chief Constable reminded the Committee that he had, a short time ago, mentioned that there were a considerable number of gaming machines used in the city, and he had received complaints as to the evil effects upon children. It had ascertained that in 89 public houses there were 129 machines, and in 11 shops there were 23 machines. Inspector Smith told the persons in charge had been told that it was very desirable that the machines should be removed from the premises, and they were cautioned that if they were not removed prosecutions would probably follow. Since that warning had been given the premises had been visited again, and he pleasure in stating that the whole of the machines, 152, had been removed from the premises. (Hear, hear);

Good Week’s Recruiting: During the past week 113 Territorials were enlisted in the county. The numbers in the various units were as follows: Yeomanry 29, Artillery 37, 7th Battalion 27, 8th Battalion 10, A.S.C. 1;

A County Councillor’s Patriotism: Mr. George Hadley, Cakemore, a member of the Worcestershire County Council, Justice of the Peace for Halesowen, and Chief Officer of the Cakemore Fire Brigade, has been accepted for service with the Red Cross Society, and is employed as a private in one of the base hospitals in France. He is nearly 60 years of age;

Accident at the Cross: There was considerable stir at the Cross when a motor Car, driven by Mr. William Bach, Fairtree Hall, Bridgnorth, ran into Albert George (46), of Parkfield Lane, Hallow. The accident caused some consternation for a time, because it was thought that the man had sustained serious injury. P.C. Jauncey (39) was on duty at the time, and he had George taken to the Infirmary, where it was ascertained that he had sustained no serious injury;

In the Corner: The Dean, addressing a thousand children in the Cathedral on the evils of intemperance, asked, with the idea of pointing to the War pledge example: “No tell me who is the greatest man in England: Lord over all?” A bright little girl replied in tones, quite audible in the pulpit: “Lloyd George.”

Information researched by Sue Redding