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Lives lost on this day: 6

9th June 1915 - Murder of an infant

Rolling casualty count: 1418

1st Batt: In billets at Le Franc’s factory in Estaires, 1 wounded (by bomb); In billets at Le Franc’s factory in Estaires; 2nd BattL Battalion in billets at Verquin (8-14 June). Battalion at Training and exercised in Respirator drill; 3rd Batt: Near Hooghe: Relieved in Trenches by 2nd Royal Irish Rifles, and went into bivouac near Busse-Boom just E. of Poperinghe, first night very wet, a long march and late relief; Royal Field Artillery: Petit Pont: Nothing to report, wind NW, weather fine.

Murder of an Infant: An inquest was held on the body of an unknown male child, which was found on the towing path of the Worcester and Birmingham Canal, near Bilford Lane Bridge, on Sunday. Sidney Jelf, Gloucester, captain of a canal boat, said he found a basket on the towpath near the bridge. Nearby was a bag with the body in it. Both the basket and the bag were wet and were taken from the canal by another man who had passed down the canal about two hours before…A piece of calico was tied round the mouth. It passed under the tongue, and went round the neck, being tied very tightly, and had left an impression round the jaw. …In Dr. F. L. Spalding’s opinion the child was alive when placed in the water. There were particles in the windpipe, which went to show that the child could inhale water through the nose…A verdict of “Wilful murder against some person unknown” was returned;

Spotted Fever in Worcestershire: At Feckenham Rural Council, Dr. Fosbroke, Medical Officer of Health, reported that a case of cerebro-spinal meningitis had been notified from Cookhill. The disease had a much more restricted infectivity than either small-pox or scarlatina, and very frequently only one member of an invaded family developed definite symptoms. He wished to emphasise the fact, because an erroneous idea got abroad which made people in country districts panic-stricken. There had been no spread of the disease so far;

Worcester Man Wounded: Pte. T. Hunt, of the 2nd Worcesters, one of the two sons of Mr. E. Hunt (dairyman), 20, James Street, Worcester, who has been serving at the front, is now at Lincoln Hospital suffering from wounds in both thighs, the left foot, left shoulder, and the stomach. Despite his extensive injuries, he is going on as well as can be expected;

Unknown Man Found Drowned: An inquest was held at the Guildhall this morning, touching the death of the unknown man who was found in the river at Diglis. The post-mortem examination led witness to think that he died from drowning. The body had been in the water for at least three or four days. There was no evidence that the man had suffered violence…Miss Bowen, residing at Evan’s Lodging House, said that, having seen the body at the Mortuary, she firmly believed it was that of a man who stayed for one night at the lodging house, on June 2nd, when he gave the name of Walter Morrison. ..The jury returned a verdict of “Found Drowned,” leaving open the question of identity.

Information researched by Sue Redding

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