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Key dates over July 1915

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Lives lost on this day: 0

6th July 1915 - Military Cross for Evesham Doctor

Rolling casualty count: 1582

1st Batt: Relieved the 2/E. Lancs in Section I; 2nd Batt: Quiet night. Patrols heard no movement or working on the part of the enemy. German trenches in our front were shelled by 9th Division on our left Germans replied with a few heavy shells and trench mortars doing no damage. Our trenches and saps were enfiladed from the left, probably from some point in our own line. Germans sent a number of heavy shells into village on our left; 3rd Batt: In Trenches S. of Hooghe. Heavy Bombardment of German lines by own Artillery men Bellewarde Lake; Royal Field Artillery: Le Mont Evenic: Training.

The Bargee’s Language: Samuel Higgs, Boatman, of the canal boat “Upton,” was summoned for using obscene language on the canal side, near Sidbury Bridge, to the annoyance of residents. PC Wynne said he heard bad language on the canal side, and found that it came from Higgs, who was coming up with a boat. Defendant had nothing to say to the charge. Mr. Evans: “What a silly, unreasonable thing to do,” Defendant: “Ah!” He was fined 10s.;

Territorial Recruiting: Another quiet week has been passed in the Territorial recruiting, only 30 men having been enrolled. These joined as follows:- R.F.A., 14; 7th Battalion, 6; 8th Battalion, 7; A.S.C., 2; A.V.C.1;

Military Cross for Evesham Doctor: His Majesty the King has conferred the Military Cross upon Temporary Lieut. John Hart McNichol, M.B., Royal Army Medical Corps, for gallantry and devotion to duty. His gallantry is thus described:- “On May 24 and 25, 1915, at Ypres, with untiring energy and gallantry, attended to wounded men under heavy rifle and shell fire, saving the lives of many men. On the night of May 25 he searched a wood near Bellegarde for the wounded, attended to them, and had them brought in. This wood was close to the German trenches. He has shown the greatest courage in attending to the wounded in action;”

Artillery Draft Leaves Worcester: A draft of 160 Artillery men left Worcester this morning for Kettering. Second-Lieut. Edwards was with them. They were played to the station by the 8th Battalion Band, conducted by Bandmaster Davis;

Mystery of Lost Stripe: Sir William Byles has given notice in the House of Commons that he will next week ask the Under Secretary of State for War whether a Lance-Corporal at Worcester has lost his stripe for allowing some soldiers to attend the Presbyterian Church on June 13, whether it is for military or theological reasons that this conduct is an offence; and whether the degradation inflicted has his sanction;

A Bantam Battalion: A Bantam Battalion is being raised at Norton Barracks, and is to be called the 14th Worcestershires. The required measurements are: Height 5ft. to 5ft. 2in., chest 33 ins. expanded. Intending recruits may apply at Norton or at any recruiting office in the county. It is hoped that many who have been rejected because they are under standard measurements will come forward and join this new Battalion.

Information researched by Sue Redding