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Lives lost on this day: 2

15th March 1918 - Worcester Tank Bank Week

Rolling casualty count: 8555

War Front:

4th Batt: The whole Batt was employed in riveting round the huts in Camp.

Home Front:

Shooting of a Boy Soldier: Mr. Pringle, in the House of Commons, on Thursday, raised the question of the reform of court-martial procedure. Death verdicts, he said, should be given at once and not conveyed to the victim when he was playing cards, as in the case of the boy shot at dawn. Mr. Macpherson said he had been impressed by the statement that this boy only saw his friend half-an-hour before trial. He now discovered he was in consultation with him four times on the Sunday before. Verdicts could not be delivered at once. Where any suspicion of shell-shock, adequate medical reports were secured.

Pershore Officer’s Illness: 2nd Lieut. G. Stevenson (son of Mr. T.G. Stevenson, of Wick Post Office, Pershore), who was in the fight at Cambrai, has been home on sick leave, suffering from trench fever and from being gassed. He first joined the colours as a private. He was gazetted at the end of last year and was attached to a Leicestershire Regiment.

Concert at Battenhall Hospital: A farewell concert was given at the hospital for one of the Sisters – Sister Carey. It was arranged by Pte. R. Davis, of the hospital. The popular comedian of Battenhall, Mr. T. Brampton, sang humorous songs and then the boys asked for the most favourite songs, such as “Roly Poly.” To show the esteem in which the patients held Sister Carey they made her a present of a gold wrist watch. The concert was a huge success and was attended by a large audience. The lighting and stage effects were by Gnr. J.C. Slaughter.

Worcester Tank Bank Week: Worcester will be the first place of the 50,000 population standard to be visited by a tank and it is the city’s obligation to set up a standard of financial patriotism for all other towns of a similar size. The city has been making history any time during the last thousand years; and it has another chance of making history next week. It will be honoured by the visit of “Julian,” a tank which has collected more money than all the other five tanks put together.”Julian” has never taken less than a million pounds in a week. He has ample accommodation for all the money in the city in paper or in coin; and he offers the guarantee of the best security in the world. His telephone number for the week will be 1,000,000 Worcester. That is significant. He will be accommodated in St. Michael’s Green, thanks to the Dean and Chapter, who have abandoned all scruples of ownership of the site, of precedent and so forth and who have done all that is possible to provide a site which is accessible and commodious. The tank will stand near the Boer War Memorial.

The Town Clerk reported that applications for Flag Days had been received from the Salvation Army, Serbian Relief Fund, Smokes for Soldiers and Sailors, Palestine Jews’ Fund, and Dr. Barnardo’s Homes. It was decided to inform the Salvation Army that the Committee adhered to their previous decision refusing a flag day and no action was taken in the other cases.

Girls’ Institute: A meeting of the British Women’s Temperance Society was held at the Girls’ Institute, Bridge Street, on Wednesday. Mrs. Cobbold, of Pershore presided and an address on Temperance was given by Miss Shrimpton of Worcester. A hearty invitation was given by Miss Shrimpton to the members of the Institute to attend the rally of the B.W.T.S. at the Mission Hall this month.

Information researched by The Worcestershire World War 100 team