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Key dates over June 1916

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Lives lost on this day: 2

11th June 1916 - Fears that race meetings may impede munitions production

Rolling Casualty Count: 3265

At the Front:

1st Batt: Three men were wounded today. Weather very wet and there is much mud again. D Coy was relieved and went to billets in Rain en Cohille. B Coy in Reserve trench relieved later.

2nd Batt: Rifle grenade fire all day and Lt HK Senior was killed about midday.

3rd Batt: Church Parade and Divine Service.

10th batt: At 9.30am the Batt marched to Freshencourt via Flesselles, Villers, Bocage, Molliens au Bois and St Gratien arriving at 4.00pm.

On the Home Front:

Munitions and Racing – Official Powers to Prevent Meetings – A new regulation for the holding of race meetings is contained in an Order in Council, published in Friday night’s London Gazette. Where there is reason to believe that the holding of any race meeting will impeded the production of transport of war material, or any work necessary for the successful prosecution of the war, it shall be lawful, says the regulation, for the Minister of Munitions to make an order prohibiting the holding of the meeting. In the case of a race meeting to be held after June 15, at least seven clear days’ notice in writing must be sent to the Minister for Munitions.

Worcester Assizes – Martley Farmer Charged – John Colebatch, Farmer, Martley, is charged with having carnal knowledge of Lucy Saunders, a girl above 13 and under 16 years of age. The case for the prosecution was that the girl who said she was 14 last November, was employed as a domestic by the defendant from April 1915, to April this year. She said that she cohabited with the prisoner from September to March. Her father worked on the farm, but she never told him what was happening, nor did she tell her mother until she was “in trouble”. Cross examined she said that on the first occasion she did not know what happened was wrong. Mrs Hubbard, the defendant’s housekeeper said that the girl was “very fast after the men” She had never seen any familiarity between the defendant and the girl. The Judge said that he expressed no opinion as to who had been telling the truth. Having regard to the evidence the Judge did not think they would be justified in returning a verdict of guilty. A formal verdict of not guilty was returned.

Information researched by the WWW100 team.