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Key dates over July 1915

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Lives lost on this day: 2

5th July 1915 - Martley Board of Guardians

Rolling casualty count: 1582

1st Batt: In billets at Sailly cross roads. Fatigues of 200 digging 3rd Defence line; 2nd Batt: Quiet night. Patrols reported having heard enemy’s working party and a pump at work. Germans also heard at work in crater East of Duck’s Bill. Our trench mortar fired two bombs to range on crater. Our sentries kept firing on working parties and 17th Battery RFA fired every ten minutes for an hour; 3rd Batt: Relieved H.A.C. in Trenches S. of Hooghe; Royal Field Artillery: Le Mont Evenic: Training.

Wounding Case: Henry Mable (42), blacksmith, 20, Inglethorpe Square, charged with wounding his wife, Alice Mable, by kicking her on the head, again came before the Court. The Chief Constable said that the woman was going on very well. He had no objection to the prisoner’s application for bail. He suggested that he should be remanded until next Monday week. Bail was granted in two sureties of £10. Mr. Poyser, the employer, became one.

Malvern Urban Council: Cleasing the Site of Military Camps: Captain Graham asked whether any steps had been taken by the sanitary officers of the Council to disinfect the Common where troops had been encamped. Mr Woodyatt said the Surveyor and Sanitary Inspector had been there, and various improvements had been made. If they used disinfectants on the whole of the Common they would run the risk of destroying the fowls, sheep and other animals that had access thee. The heavy rain that fell on Sunday was the best disinfectant. Captain Graham said he was quite satisfied;

Martley Board of Guardians: The clerk announced that 16 men and 31 women from the Union were being maintained at Powick Asylum, and six persons at Barnsley Hall Asylum. The Master said there were 67 in the Workhouse, compared with 66 last year, an increase of one, and 33 vagrants, as against 16, an increase of 17. Mrs Salmon (of Hallow) sent papers, and Mrs Hastings flowers for the Workhouse Infirmary. These ladies were thanked by the Board;

Former Mayor of Worcester: The death occurred at his residence, Thames House, Barbourne Road, of Mr. Francis Dingle, at the age of 80. The late Mr Dingle, whose public life goes back for over 60 years, entered civic life in 1874, when he was returned to the Ward of St. Peter’s. In 1876 he filled the office of High Sheriff, and in the following year he discharged the duties of the higher office of Mayor... Mr. Dingle was a Deputy Lieutenant for Worcestershire, holding office at the time of the late Lord Beauchamp.

Information researched by Sue Redding