Key dates over January 1917
Lives lost on this day: 1
22nd January 1917 - Bromyard drunkard locked up
Rolling casualty count: 5222
War Front: 1st Batt: Orders received to move by train from Oisemont to Bray.
2nd Batt: Five Coys employed in camp fatigues and duck-board tracks and latrines were improved.
3rd Batt: Batt engaged in training at Nieppe and on the training ground at Bailleul.
4th Batt: Still freezing hard. Rest of men to the baths at Montauban.
9th Batt attack postponed due to heavy rain
Home front: Assault: Charles Watkins, 3, Castle Place, summoned William Brooke, 26, King Street, for assault. Defendant pleaded guilty to assault under great provocation. Prosecutor, who is the lavatory attendant at Angel Street, said that defendant said he “would do him in.” P.C.s Drinkwater and Wynne both gave evidence that the defendant threatened Watkins. Defendant admitted that he had been drinking; he also added that he had been to the front, but was discharged. There were six previous convictions against defendant, and he was now fined 10s.
Lighting Order: Jane Low, 49, St. George’s Lane North, was fined 5s. for contravening the Lighting Order. P.C. Rudd gave evidence, and said that there was no blind to the window. Defendant said that the time was not 7 pm, and she was ill, and it would have been dangerous for her little girl to stand on a chair to pull the blind down.
Bromyard Police Court: On Saturday morning, Edward Lloyd, of Suckley, was charged with being drunk and disorderly in Bromyard the previous evening. P.C. Booton, who stated the case, said he had to put the defendant out of the town three times, but he persisted in coming back, and he had no alternative but to lock him up. Fined 10s., the money being paid.
Information researched by The Worcestershire World War 100 team
- Pte Aleck Howard Brewster 13th Bn Worcs Reg - 30549