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Key dates over January 1917

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Lives lost on this day: 1

20th January 1917 - Local miner guilty of bigamy

Rolling casualty count: 5219

War Front: 2nd Batt: Batt marched to Longpre where they entrained for Bray-Tourbieres, reaching it at 6.15pm. They then marched to comfortable huts at Camp 112.

4th Batt:GOC Division visited Batt HQ while relief by the 1st Royal Dublin Rifles was in progress.

2/7th Batt: There was a kit inspection. A draft of 165 men arrived from base.

10th Batt: Coys were practising the attack. There was a Lewis gun course.

Home Front: Miner Pleads Guilty of Bigamy: Alfred Edward Hampton (55), miner, pleaded guilty of bigamy by marrying Beatrice Mary Johns, of Silver Street, his wife, Rebecca Hampton, being alive. He was in the Engineers and met Mrs. Johns, a widow, with one child. He told her he was not married and that he had money coming to him. He was stationed at Eastbourne, and got leave and married Johns in Worcester, and she discovered he had a wife living. Prisoner made a long statement in which he said he had been wounded three times. He said Mrs. Johns knew he was married, and his wife had told him in person that she should not have troubled. He was sentenced to six months’ hard labour.

No Meatless Day: “The Times” understands that, for the present at all events, the idea of a meatless day has been abandoned, and that Lord Devonport will endeavour to secure a reduced consumption of meat by means other than the imposition of restrictions difficult to enforce.

Information researched by The Worcestershire World War 100 team