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Key dates over July 1915

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Lives lost on this day: 1

The Right to Serve March

19th July 1915 - The Right to Serve March

Since March British troops had faced a shell crisis, due to inadequate munitions production in Britain. Mrs Pankhurst organised, with the support of the Ministry of Munitions under David Lloyd George, a women’s march demanding the ‘Right to Serve’ and the Ministry of Munitions in London.

Rolling casualty count: 1607

1st Batt: Section I. Everything very quiet; 2nd Batt: In billets at Vendin ; 3rd Batt: In Bivouac near Busseboom ; Royal Field Artillery: Auchel: 6:51 pm HQ and 1st Worcs. Battery entrained at Berguette. 9:31 pm 2nd Worcs. Battery entrained at Berguette.

German’s Sudden Death at Malvern: About 10.45 pm on Saturday, Richard Wilhelm Holtmann, of Newtown Road, Malvern Link, died suddenly. He was of German nationality, but had resided in Malvern for many years, and prior to the War was a member of the Town Band, playing the clarionet. Since the outbreak of War, he had been unable to follow his usual occupation, and had been considerably worried. He was sitting at home, having partaken of a light supper, when he had a seizure, and died in a few seconds. Deceased was a keen angler;

Aircraft and Bombardment Insurance: Messrs. Watkins and Sayce, of Angel Place, Worcester, insurance brokers, inform us they are prepared to arrange insurances, as above, in accordance with the Government scheme, at the rates previously announced, through the Norwich Union Fire Insurance Society, or any other approved insurance office;

St George’s Girls’ Friendly Society: On Thursday, about 20 members of St. George’s G.F.S. with their associates, spent a very happy afternoon at Malvern. They went by train to Malvern Link and made their way to St. Ann’s Well, where some of the party prepared tea, while others climbed the Beacon or wandered about as they liked. After tea there was a pleasant little ceremony, when Miss Field, one of the Associates, was the recipient of a gold cross and a pair of Worcester china vases from the members, Associates, and one or two friends on her leaving the Branch in which she has been a worker for several years;

The Indispensable Man.”: Pte. Horace Gee, of the 6th Worcesters, who as the result of a question in Parliament, had become known as “the indispensable man,” has been killed in action at the Dardanelles. After he had enlisted the Birmingham Chamber of Commerce requested that he might be allowed to return to the factory of Messrs. Joseph Perkins and Sons as an expert maker of needles used in the boot trade, but Mr. Tennant, Under Secretary for War, refused on the ground that the shortage of such needles was not affecting the rate of production of Army boots.

Information researched by Sue Redding