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Lives lost on this day: 4

24th January 1917 - Ale and Stout to go up

Rolling casualty count: 5229

War Front: 2nd Batt: Batt employed in cleaning up the camp surroundings and latrines. The cold weather continues and there was a scarcity of fuel. A German aeroplane flew over the camp.

4th Batt: The Batt was relieved the 16th Middlesex Reg. Fifty men of W Coy remained at Guillemont to carry things to Batt HQ and to work on the Support Posts.

2/7th Batt: 2nd Lts OW Wilson and ME Southwell arrived from Base.

10th Batt: C and D Coys moved from Louvencourt to huts at Bas.

Home front: Accident: A man, named Robert Callaghan, a navvy, residing at Bridge House, Bridge Street, has been admitted to the Infirmary suffering from a slight fracture of the skull. He was engaged on excavation work at Blackpole when the accident happened.

Prices of Ale and Stout: This afternoon, a meeting was held, open to all members of the retail licensed victuallers’ trade, at which Mr. J. Bean (President of the local Association) presided. Mr. W.H Jones (the Secretary) explained that the meeting was rendered necessary by the recent increase in wholesale prices. After some discussion, it was resolved to fix the minimum price of beer at 4d. per pint on or off the premises; and the price of draught porter at 4½d. per pint on or off. The decided also to increase the price of brewers’ own ales and stouts by ½d. per pint. The increases will come into force on Monday next.

Horse Straying: James William Sheasby, general dealer, 70, Northwick Road, was summoned for being the owner of a horse found straying in Shrubbery Avenue. P.C. Long gave evidence, and Mrs. Sheasby, who appeared for defendant, explained that the horse broke out and got away. Fined 2s. 6d.

Infirmary: Week ending 20th January – Patients admitted 29, discharged 18, in the House – men 18, women 17, children 11, wounded soldiers 38, Royal Engineers 7, other patients 3.

Information researched by The Worcestershire World War 100 team