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Key dates over July 1915

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Lives lost on this day: 3

28th July 1915 - Pope Benedict XV issues call for peace to all those fighting

Rolling casualty count: 1628

1st Batt: In Divisional billets at Sailly ; 2nd Batt: Battn in billets at Beuvry; 3rd Batt: In Trenches ‘T’ Sector of St. Eloi. Relieved by 1/Wilts Regt. Relief completed by 12 midnight. Marched into Bivouac 1 mile N. of Dickebusch. R&F 3 killed, 6 wounded; Royal Field Artillery: 1st (Hebuterne) and 3rd Battery (Sailly au Bois) preparing positions. 2nd Battery training.

County Council’s Story of Gheluvelt: Did it Help to Settle Coal Strike? It is suggested that the publication of the story of the Welsh and the Worcesters at Gheluvelt in the “Daily Chronicle,” from the pamphlet issued by the Worcestershire County Council, played some part in paving the way to a settlement of the South Wales coal strike. On the morning the article appeared Mr. Lloyd George received an anonymous telegram referring him to the article. The Minister of Munitions read the touching and moving description of the magnificent heroism of the Welsh at Gheluvelt, who held their ground with superb courage until relieved by the Worcesters, saving the day in one of the critical battles of the war. So moved was Mr. Lloyd George while reading this story of the heroism of his fellow countrymen that he was unable to finish it. The members of the conference listened with deep emotion and felt the full pathos of the story. Mr. Lloyd George passed the article on to Mr. Tom Richards, saying, “Read that to your friends.” Mr. Richards, at his meeting of the miners’ leaders, did not get far with the deathless story before he was overcome with emotion, and there were no dry eyes among his auditors… The moving story of how the heroic Welsh held the gate to Calais on the field of Flanders against overwhelming forces was read to them with contagious emotion which strengthened the sentiment which was growing in favour of peace in the coalfields;

Band in Fort Royal Park: There was a large number of people present on Monday night, when a very enjoyable programme was rendered by the St. Peter’s Men’s Own Band, the items being much applauded.

Worcester Yeoman Drowned: Trooper William Somer, of the Worcestershire Yeomanry, has been drowned in the neighbourhood of Alexandria, when crossing a river with horses. Trooper Somer was a very popular member of the Yeomanry. A keen horseman, he will be remembered as a successful rider at local Point-to-Point meetings [The Late Pte. Somer: A telegram has been received from the Commanding Officer of the Worcs. Yeomanry regretting the death of 2291 Pte. W.H. Somer, at Alexandria, on 24th July, from heart failure whilst bathing.]

To the Editor: Sir – I am desirous of thanking the ladies of Worcestershire for their great kindness to me since my return from France. Having been unable to work on account of my leg being disabled and practically crippled, I have had no other means, and have to live entirely by the help of the above ladies referred to. ‘A Worcestershire Man;’

Chief Scout to Visit Worcester: The Chief Scout, Sir Robert Baden Powell will be travelling through Worcester on Sunday, and arrangements are being made for him to inspect the Worcester District Scouts. Particulars will be issued later.

Information researched by Sue Redding