In February 1915, the snippets from the Royal Leamington Spa Courier and Warwickshire Standard Newspapers are focused on air raid precautions and details of servicemen from the County. At the beginning of February 1915, there are lots of examples in the newspapers of the fear of a threat of an air raid.
Warwick and Country Edition Page 8, Column 5, 5th February 1915
Bedford Street Picture Palace was showing air raid pictures of the damage done by Zeppelins at Great Yarmouth.
Warwick and Country Edition Page 7, Column 5, 12th February 1915
Kenilworth Urban Council – Getting Ready for Air Raids. There was a long report of the arrangements put in place in the event of an air raid in the town. The fire alarm at the Fire Station would be sounded and in a pattern which would distinguish it from an ordinary fire alarm.
Warwick and Country Edition Page 4, Column 5, 12th February 1915
Local servicemen news from Stockton. “Two bullets through his hat”. William Noon of the Royal Warwickshire Regiment had sent a letter from the Front to his mother, Mrs J Noon, who had 3 sons in the Army. He describes his experiences at the Front. On one occasion a bullet had shaved his head. His letter also mentioned his brother Albert who was a Prisoner of War.
Warwick and Country Edition Page 8, Column 6, 12th February 1915
Local servicemen news from Napton. “A Fine Guardsman Killed in Action”. The death of P H Justice was reported. It stated he was the first soldier from the village to be killed.
Warwick and Country Edition Page 6, Column 2-3, 26th February 1915
Arrival of Wounded Soldiers. “Parochial Hall as a Hospital”. Nineteen wounded servicemen had arrived at Kenilworth railway station having come from Southern Hospital, Bournbrook. The newspaper printed a long report covering the arrangements made for the arrival of the wounded and the roles of the staff at the hospital. It gave the names of some of the wounded and recounted their experiences at the Front.
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Royal Leamington Spa Courier and Warwickshire Standard , 5th, 12th & 26th February 1915, courtesy of Warwickshire County Record Office.