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Lives lost on this day: 3

19th December 1914 - Villa Reserves thrash City

Rolling casualty count: 556

1st Batt: 07:30 Battalion marched back to Billets in Estaires, 2:30 pm marched to Rouge Croix to relieve the 2nd Scottish Rifles in ‘B’ Lines. Relief very slow owing to extraordinarily muddy state of the fire and communication trenches. The wounded could only be taken out of the trenches by night except in special cases requiring immediate treatment, the medical officer had orders not to go down to the trenches to attend to cases;2nd Batt: Waiting to move at 1 hour’s notice; 3rd Batt: Locre: In billets.

Old Elizabethan’s Commission: Gazette of India- Delhi Nov 20th. To be Lieutenant, Infantry Branch, Indian Army Reserve of Officers, subject to His Majesty’s approval, Alexander William Woodhead. Lt Woodhead, who was for some years at the Worcester Grammar School, and took his degree with honours at Oxford, left for India a couple of years ago, to take up an appointment on the staff of St Paul’s School, Darjeeling, where he was made Chaplain of the Volunteers. He has been attached to the 1st Brahmans, stationed at Pentawr, whither he proceeded at the end of last month.

Worcester City v Aston Villa Res. At St George’s Lane this afternoon, before 1000, quite one half of the spectators being soldiers. Worcester missed a chance of scoring from a centre by Waterhouse, the ball passing across the goalmouth with no one near it but Coleman. Worcester continued to give the Villa defence trouble . The Villa then became aggressive, and got into the home goal by good combined play. The score at half time was Villa Reserves 5, Worcester City 1 and the final score was Villa Reserves 5, Worcester City 2.

Christmas Puddings from Malvern Link: A quantity of Christmas puddings, numbering 150, have been collected from Malvern Link residents by Mrs Allsebrook and Messrs Towndrow and Col. The packages, which weigh about 4cwt, have been despatched to the Worcestershires at the front.

Socks for Indian Troops: Miss R M Acworth, of Malvern states that her brother, who is a Captain with the Indian troops at the front, asks for old stockings for the Sepoys to wear under their putties to protect their legs from the cold, which they feel intensely. He adds that very old stockings will do, especially those worn out in the feet.

The Museum Sub-Committee recommended the Committee to purchase, at a cost of 19s 3d, a model self-inking printing machine, with equipment and accessories. Mr Houghton said that he and Mrs Sharpe had gone into the matter, and they were thoroughly convinced that a printing machine was really necessary. It would be effective and economical. They would be able to turn out thousands of labels, which were continually necessary, with perfect ease. He was surprised that such a machine had not been obtained years ago. The Curator had done the work by hand formerly, but Mr Wood’s sight was not good enough for him to continue the work. The motion was adopted.

Information researched by Sue Redding