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Lives lost on this day: 5

29th July 1915 - Infirmary Pound Day

Rolling casualty count: 1633

1st Batt: In Divisional billets at Sailly; 2nd Batt: Battn took over trenches in Sub-Section A2 from 2/H.L.I. Relief commenced at 5pm and was completed by 7.30pm. Very quiet evening, 1 man killed and 1 wounded by sharpshooter; 3rd Batt: In Bivouac 1 mile N. of Dickebusch; Royal Field Artillery: 1st (Hebuterne) and 3rd Battery (Sailly au Bois) preparing positions. 2nd Battery training.

Presentation: On Monday, the staff of St. Martin’s Boys’ School presented Mr. John Gwilt with a barometer, suitably inscribed, on the occasion of his marriage. The boys also marked the event by the presentation of a copper kettle. Mr Gwilt warmly acknowledged the gifts;

Infirmary Pound Day: The Matron wishes to thank all who so generously supported the “Pound Day,” and helped, not only by bringing their own gifts, but in reminding others to bring theirs. Special thanks went to the Masters and Mistresses of the following schools: Claines, Bredient, the British School, and the Rainbow Hill Girls’ School. The “pounds” included grocery of all sorts, butter, eggs, cheese, bread, cakes, vegetables, flowers, and fruit; also wool, sheets, flannel and calico and money. The list of contributions is not yet complete, as some gifts still come in daily;

Examination Success: Miss M. M. Hadley of Callow End, who has passed the Glasgow University Preliminary Examination, was a former pupil of Miss Grafton’s Catholic High School, Worcester;

Worcester Board of Guardians, Salaries’ Increases Refused: The Board adopted a new dietary for the inmates, which will effect a saving of 10s or 12s a week. Mr. Shakespeare presented the report of the Finance Committee, which recommended that the five applications by officers for increases of salary be not acceded to, and further, that no such applications be entertained during the continuance of the war. Several members seconded, and the motion was unanimously carried. Mr. Wallace Jones, of Red Hill, who was for many years at the Porcelain Works, was appointed porter;

Presentations at St. Clement’s: The staff of the three departments presented to Miss Richardson, of the Infants’ School, a beautiful Worcester china tea service, as a wedding present. Mr. T.G. Watts (Headmaster of the boys’ department), in making the presentation, spoke of the esteem in which Miss Richardson is held by her fellow teachers, and wished her the greatest happiness in her future life.

Information researched by Sue Redding