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Key dates over July 1915

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Lives lost on this day: 1

30th July 1915 - The Distinguished Conduct Medal

Rolling casualty count: 1634

1st Batt: In Divisional billets at Sailly; 2nd Batt: During the night enemy’s trench mortars were active on our front line otherwise quiet. No patrols were sent out during the night owing to the moonlight. Very quiet day little or no gunning ; 3rd Batt: In Bivouac 1 mile N. of Dickebusch ; Royal Field Artillery: 1st (Hebuterne) and 3rd Battery (Sailly au Bois) preparing positions. 2nd Battery training. 11pm 1 Section 3rd Battery went into action.

Young Man Shot: A party of young men and girls were very much startled last night whilst chatting in Foregate Street. Two of them, Cuthbert Thorne, who is employed at Messrs. Foster’s shop in Swithin Street, and a friend were playfully tussling with each other, when suddenly there was an explosion. Thorne felt pain in his left foot, and his friend had a hole pierced through his trousers. It seems that the latter had a loaded revolver in his pocket, and this had been discharged, the bullet striking Thorne’s foot. Thorne was taken to the Infirmary, where it was found that the bullet had gone through his foot. He was not seriously hurt, and is expected to leave this afternoon;

The Distinguished Conduct Medal: First 8th Battalion the Worcestershire Regiment: No 1594 Lance-Corporal T.C. Fox, No. 2368 Private R. Jeff, for conspicuous gallantry on the night of 24th-25th June. Lance- Corporal Fox was one of Lieut. P.M. Kerwood’s patrol, and when his office fell, he, although wounded, endeavoured to bring in the latter, but was forced to relinquish his task upon being wounded a second time. He was able, however, to describe accurately the position where the officer lay. Private Jeff went out under heavy fire with Sec-Lieut K.M. Mylne, when this officer called for a volunteer to assist him in finding and carrying Lieut. Kerwood in. Unfortunately it was found when this had been accomplished that life was extinct;

St. George’s Scholars’ Gift: The boys of St. George’s marked their appreciation of the gallantry of Pte. R. Jeff (an Old Boy of the School), who recently helped to recover the body of Lieut. Kerwood, and has been awarded the D.C.M., by subscribing 8s. This sum was expended in sending to him a supply of tobacco and chocolate. The enclosed letter was also sent, together with the names of all the boys in the school:- “Dear Mr. Jeff, - We the undersigned, boys of St. George’s School, wish to say that we are very proud of you. We hope you will live to do many more brave deeds, and that when we grow up to be men, your example will help us to do our duty to our King and country. Please accept the cigarettes, tobacco, and chocolate, which we trust you will enjoy. With kind regards, we are, yours very sincerely, The Boys of St. George’s.”

Information researched by Sue Redding