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Key dates over July 1917

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Lives lost on this day: 7

24th July 1917 - Fishing Offences

Rolling casualty count: 6807

War Front:

1st Batt: The enemy fired many gas shells into Ypres during the night and 1 other rank was killed and 1 wounded.

2nd batt: Again bathing before breakfast. Batt to the training ground where an Open Warfare attack was practised. All platoons were shown the 4 strong points on the Bombing Ground.

3rd Batt: Batt moved at 9.20pm to bivouacs at Hooge Camp.

4th Batt: Batt marched back to Crombeke Camp and took over from the 2nd Royal Fusiliers.

2/7th Batt: Batt left Vieilhesdin at 7.30 am and marched to Flers and billeted there.

1/8th Batt: Training continued by companies and specialists.

2/8th Batt: 2nd Lt WE Turner re-joined the batt from hospital.

Yeomanry/Cavalry: The Indian Cavalry had showed skilful work in the battle with the lance across the level plain of Shittim.

Home Front:

At the City Police Court today, Kathleen Francis Tustin, manageress of the Central Temperance Hotel, 60, High Street, was charged with exceeding the maximum quantity of meat permissible to be used for the weeks ending June 16th, June 30thand July 12th and with exceeding the limit of sugar on the last named date; and also she was charged with not properly keeping a register. Mr. March defended, and pleaded guilty.

Ada Mary Harrison, of the Victoria Temperance Hotel, was charged with not keeping a register in the form prescribed by the Food Controller. Mr. Tree defended and pleaded guilty. Chief Inspector Smith said he visited the premises and asked Mrs. Harrison for the register but she said she had not one. Mr. Tree said Mrs. Harrison was advised by a friend that she need not keep a register because she had a boarding house with less than 10 bedrooms. But she also had a restaurant which brought her under the Order. A fine of £1 was imposed.

Fishing Offences: William Evans, boatman, of Dolday, was charged with unlawfully using a night line without a license and also with using a night line having on it 37 hooks. Mr. Harrison defended and pleaded guilty to the second charge, but not guilty to the other. P.C. Guy said he was on duty near the bridge and he saw defendant take out two night lines. The defence was a denial that two night lines were used and defendant said he was ignorant that he could use no more than 20 hooks on one night line. He admitted having 37 hooks, but they were on the one line. He was fined £1 for using two lines and 10s. for having 37 hooks on one line.

A Straight Tip: In the Children’s Court, John Brown, Fernhill Heath, was summoned for throwing stones at Claines. The evidence showed that the boy threw two stones at passing motor-cars. In one instance he threw at a heavy lorry which was loaded with furniture. The Bench bound him over in a sum of £5 to be of good behaviour for six months and ordered the father to pay the costs. The Chairman said the Bench really felt that a good flogging was the best remedy for such a case and perhaps the father would take the “tip”!

Information researched by The Worcestershire World War 100 team