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Key dates over July 1915

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Lives lost on this day: 2

11th July 1915 - Worcester Tradesman’s Son Missing

Rolling casualty count: 1592

1st Batt: Section I. Very quiet; 2nd Batt: In billets at Le Preol. Divine Service at 10am conducted by the Bishop of Khartoum; 3rd Batt: In Bivouac near Busseboom; Royal Field Artillery: Le Mont Evenic: Church parade 12 noon. Carried out reconnaissance of pontoons to cover advanced 2nd Line. G31 A&C & G25 A & C.

Worcester Man’s Promotion: Pte. S. Atkins, who was at one time a member of staff of the Worcestershire Daily Times, has been promoted to the rank of sergeant in the 10th Battalion Worcestershire Regiment. He is now on a short visit to his native city before leaving for the front;

Messages from the Front: Another former employee, who is with the Worcester Artillery in France, writes stating that the Battery, when he wrote, was out of action, and in a rest camp. They were in their last position for about 11 weeks, and then were relieved. He remarks that up to the time he wrote the Battery had been fortunate in escaping casualties;

Birmingham and Bantam Battalions: It is announced that the Birmingham military authorities are particularly anxious to obtain men for the “Bantam” Battalion of the Worcestershire and Gloucestershire Regiments.;Artillery Men’s Need of Music: Bombadier T.W. Hudspith sends, on behalf of several members of the Worcester Artillery in France, an appeal for someone to send them a melodeon. He says, “You will agree how lively and happy a little music makes one, and there is no need for me to mention what a lot of musical Worcester boys there are out here. I can assure you such a thing will be most acceptable;”

Worcester Tradesman’s Son Missing: Official intimation has been received by Mr. R.S. Skan, of the Foregate, and Broad Street, that his second son, Pte. Frank Roland Skan, of the 1st Brecknockshire Battalion of the South Wales Borderers, is reported “missing” after the engagement at Aden on July 4th. Skan is a bright active, alert, high-spirited, and much liked by all who know him. He left Worcester last year to take the management of a hairdresser’s salon at Talgarth, in Wales, but a week after the war was declared joined the Territorial Force. Great sympathy is felt for his parents in their anxiety. Another of Mr. Skan’s sons is serving on board one of the big battleships of the Grand Fleet in the North Sea.

Information researched by Sue Redding