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Key dates over June 1915

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Lives lost on this day: 5

29th June 1915 - Malvern Hills Perambulation gets under way

Rolling casualty count: 1562

1st Batt: In trenches. Died of wounds 52 (by trench mortar and shell); 2nd Batt: Battn in billets at Annezin; 3rd Batt: In Trenches S. of Hooghe; Royal Field Artillery: Vieux Berquin do Ecque: The brigade moved into the grounds of the house Le Mont Evenic during the afternoon between 2pm and 6pm.

Malvern Hill Conservators – First Perambulation of the Season: The Malvern Hills Conservators undertook the first perambulation of the season on Monday afternoon. They started from the Lamb Hotel, West Malvern, and – flanking the foxgloves, now making a good show – made their way along the slippery slopes and winding paths of the Worcestershire Beacon, where there was a wind pressure in striking contrast to the calm of the Severn Valley. Tea, served in the Beacon building, refreshed the Conservators for the business of the monthly meeting. . . . The Ranger reported that timber and other materials had been used in repairing damage done on the Jubilee Drive. It was stated that some horses, attached to a baggage wagon belonging to the 13th Gloucesters, got out of hand, and knocked down about 56 ft of fencing, leaving the spot in a dangerous condition. It was resolved to write to Lieut-Colonel Webb, M.P. (commanding the 13th Gloucesters), on the subject;

C.E.T.S. Annual Fete – Large Gathering at Worcester: As no cheap railway facilities could be granted, the annual fete of the Worcester Diocesan Church of England Temperance Society, held on the County Cricket Ground on Saturday, was not so representative as usual, but the City branches attended in large numbers, and, with smaller bands from Malvern, Kidderminster, and the immediate locality of Worcester, made a brave show as they marched through the streets. Happily the weather was perfect, and the juveniles spent one of their happy days of the years. No more suitable ground for such a gathering could have been secured that the home of the County Club, which is too rarely utilised in these days when first-class cricket is no more. The ground itself is kept as beautifully as ever, and, for the sports, May-pole dancing, and other entertainments it was ideal, whilst the stands afforded excellent accommodation for the parents and visitors, many of whom attended. The ladies’ enclosure, on which were erected large marquees for the tea, reminded one of the time when the social element of county cricket was at its height.

Information researched by Sue Redding