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Key dates over July 1915

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Lives lost on this day: 3

1st July 1915 - Mayoress of Worcester presented to the Queen:

Rolling casualty count: 1568

1st Batt: Handed over trenches/Section 1 to 2/E.Lancs Regt. Battn went into billets at Sailly cross roads; 2nd Batt: Battalion in billets at Le Quesnoy; 3rd Batt: Relieved from Trenches S. of Hooghe by H.A.C., relief completed 1am. Marched to billets near Busseboom; Royal Field Artillery: Le Mont Evenic: Training.

Tuberculosis Cases: During the first three months of the year 49 cases of this disease were notified, 34 being tuberculosis of the lungs, and 15 tuberculosis of other organs. Of the 34 persons notified as suffering from tuberculosis of the lungs, nine men were admitted to Newtown Hospital, three of these being subsequently transferred to Knightwick as beds fell vacant; two women were admitted to Knightwick, and one to Newtown Hospital, also four boys were admitted to Newtown Hospital. Six patients died within a few days of the notification being received, three were men over 56 years of age and three were women aged 32, 53 and 74 respectively. These patients were in an advanced stage of the disease when they were notified;

Locke’s China Works Sold: By order of the mortgagees and of Mr. W. V. Vale, the receiver for the debenture holders, Messrs. Thomas Skidmore and Son, of Wolverhampton, on Monday offered for sale by auction the freehold factory and land, known as the Shrub Hill China Works, Newtown Road (recently in the occupation of Messrs E. Locke and Co., Ltd.) The sale of Shrub Hill China Works marks another step in the by-paths of an industry now nearly 200 years old in Worcester. But the closing down of Shrub Hill works and the sale of the site, buildings, and plant have not the least significance as to the future of the Royal Porcelain Works. The Severn Street enterprise may be considered the venerable parent of the industry, while Locke’s works were the youngest offshoot; and in no other sense ought the two to be identified or confused with each other;

Mayoress of Worcester presented to the Queen: In the grounds of Buckingham Palace the Queen inspected 26 ambulance cars which are about to be sent for use at the front. The cars were representatives of some 65 motor ambulances which have been provided by the generosity of subscribers in England and Wales to funds promoted by Lady Mayoresses and Mayoresses…The contributions to the Ambulance Car Fund, shows that Worcester comes third in the list, but the Mayoress of Worcester is most anxious that the Mayoresses of the six other boroughs in the county – Dudley, Stourbridge, Bewdley, Kidderminster, Droitwich, and Evesham – should be given every possible credit for their generous help.

Information researched by Sue Redding