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Key dates over July 1915

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Lives lost on this day: 2

18th July 1915 - Second Battle of the Isonzo. Second in a series of eleven battles launched along the Isonzo river in north-eastern Italy. Fighting on the Isonzo continues until October 1917.

Rolling casualty count: 1606

1st Batt: Brigade billets. Relieved 2/E. Lancs in Section I; 2nd Batt: In billets at Vendin ; 3rd Batt: In Bivouac near Busseboom ; Royal Field Artillery: Auchel: 10am Church Parade.

Outing: The customers of the Vauxhall Inn, Astwood Road, on Saturday, enjoyed not the least successful of their long series of annual excursions. Ankerdine Hill was the rendezvous, the outward journey being made through Broadheath, Wichenford, and Martley, and the return via Broadwas. Refreshments, tastefully prepared by Miss Wood, were provided at Wichenford and Ankerdine. ; Table Knife and Hatchet Used: A farm labourer named William Jelf (44) of Broadwas, was admitted to the Infirmary on Wednesday evening suffering from a cut throat, which he had inflicted on himself. He died on Saturday evening. On Wednesday last he was found in his house sitting at a table, with his head wounded in several places, and his throat cut. These wounds are supposed to be self-inflicted. The throat wounds had apparently been done by a table knife, and those on the head by a hatchet. The man is said to have bitten off the neck of a bottle, and, in addition, swallowed a penny. The inquest will be held tomorrow;

The War Office has notified Mr. and Mrs. W. H. Blake, of 43, Sebright Avenue, that their only son, Bert, 1st Wiltshire Regt (British Expeditionary Force) was missing after an engagement on the 16th of June;

Hyde Memorial Bed: At the Worcester Infirmary, today, in the presence of members of the Executive Committee and a few friends, the bed endowed by the sons and daughters of the late Mr. G.E. Hyde, formerly surgeon and hon. consulting surgeon at the Infirmary, was opened by Mr. Shrewsbury Smith, Chairman, who unveiled a brass tablet recording the purpose of the gift;

Worcester Artillery Leave: The third line 2nd South Midland Brigade Artillery bade the city “good-bye” this morning and went to their new war station. They entrained at 9.30 from Shrub Hill and were given a quiet send-off by a crowd of friends composed principally of women and girls. Maj. Williams is left in charge of a small administrative staff at the HQ in the Arboretum;

County Council Pamphlet: Worcesters at Gheluvelt: The County Council have published, with the sanction of the Press Bureau, a pamphlet, with maps, describing the gallant part which the 2nd Worcestershire Battalion took in the Battle of Gheluvelt when the “saved the day,” and supported by the Welsh Division. The story has been told before. It is now told in greater detail.

Information researched by Sue Redding