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Key dates over November 1914

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Lives lost on this day: 4

15th November 1914 - All three battalions in action at the Front

Rolling casualty count: 493

1st Batt: St Vaast ‘A’ Lines: Possible to see German trenches, about 60 yards from ‘D’ Company and 250 yds from ‘A’ Company. During night incessant sniping . German shelling with High explosive shells, “Black Maria” caused considerable damage in ‘B’ Coy trench.

2nd Batt: Relieved in the trenches by French troops (2nd Batt, 139 Reg). Marched by night over bad and broken roads via Zonnebeke thence SW along railway line to K5 on the Ypres-Zonnebeke line to small ‘L’ shaped wood where they waited dawn in the pouring rain;

3rd Batt: Ploegsteert: In 5 trenches with Company D and half of Company B from Somersetshire L Inf. 11/2 companies in Reserve trenches to Rifle Brigade.

Recruiting Boom: The improvement of the rate of recruiting at Norton Barracks, which set in last week, has been more than maintained this week. So far, 190 men have joined during the week, the totals being 38 on Monday, 66 on Tuesday, 38 on Wednesday, and about 50 on Thursday.

Territorial Concert: A capital concert was given at the Territorials Recreation Room in the Public Hall, on Thursday evening. Col Dixon VD presided, and was supported by several officers. The programme consisted of excellent songs, ‘Rule Britannia’ , the national anthems of Belgium, France and Russia] and single items by the Malvern Holy Trinity Male Voice Choir, under the conductorship of Mr Frederick G Hickson. A cutlass drill exhibition was given by L-Cpl R Frost.

The Worcestershire Yeomanry left Newbury, and entrained for the East Coast. They are now in billets. About a quarter of a million troops, a correspondent estimates, have been moved in that direction.

Worcester Police Constable Killed: Sergt Isaac Marshall, of the 2nd Battalion Grenadier Guards, and formerly a constable in the Worcester City Police, was killed in action near Ypres. Sergt Marshall joined the Worcester Police Force as a constable in May of 1912, and was called up as a reservist and rejoined his regiment on August 5th. He went to the front almost immediately, and has been through most of the fighting since the beginning of the war... PC Marshall , who was only 29 years old, was an extremely popular officer, both with his fellow police and the public. He acted as drill instructor to the force. Much sympathy will be felt with the widow and her son, aged two years.

Information researched by Sue Redding