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Lives lost on this day: 2

30th January 1918 - Butcher sold underweight mutton at profit

Rolling casualty count: 8485

War Front:

4th Batt: W Coy plus 1 platoon of Y Coy relieved the left Coy of 2nd Hants on the right on the batt Front, joining up with 1st Essex on the right. Men commenced wiring. Posts were joined up and revetted and trenches were cleaned up.

2/8th Batt: Batt relieved the 2/7th Worcs in the right sub-sector of right section as before. Patrols were sent out but they saw nothing of the enemy.

10th Batt: Batt cleaning up clothes and equipment. A draft of 4 OR joined the Batt.

Home Front:

Food Prosecutions: Four cases were brought by the Local Food Control Inspector for hearing at the Worcester Police Court today. All of the cases related to the sale of meat at Messrs. Eastman’s shop, 15, St. Swithin Street. The firm were charged with selling by the hands of Sam W. Davies, 4, Newport Street, a breast of mutton above the maximum price. The firm were also charged with selling by John Wilks, manager, 15, St. Swithin’s Street, a leg of mutton above the maximum price, and Wilks was also summoned…Charles Beavan, 29, Carden Street, went to the shop, and asked for a breast of mutton, and he was given one said to weigh 4½ lbs., for which he was charged 5s. 3d. Beavan asked how much it was per lb., and was told 1s.2d. Then he went to another butcher and what he was informed led him to go back to Eastman’s, where he saw the manager, who in reply to his question, said that breasts were were 1s. 2d. Then fortunately , he went to the Food Office and lodged a complaint. The meat was weighed by the Weights and Measures Inspector and found to be 14 drams underweight…The Bench stated that they considered it was a serious offcence. They fined Eastman’s Ltd., £30 in each case; Davies £2, and Wilks £10, and ordered the payment of the advocate’s fee in each case.

School Case: Emily Jane Pitt, of Hill Cottage, West Malvern, was summoned for not sending her daughter Dorothy regularly to school. Evidence was given by Mr. F.J. Firkins (Attendance Officer) and Nurse Jones. The latter said the girl’s head was in a verminous condition, and she was excluded from school. No attempt had been made to cleanse the child, to make her fit to return to school. The defendant being in poor circumstances, a fine of 2s. 6d. was imposed.

To Butter Saleswomen: The Worcester Food Control Committee recently decided that as the local distribution scheme provided that all persons should be able to get butter or margarine from a shop, they would not register anyone who desired to register for butter only. At a meeting this morning, however, it was decided that a person bringing farmers’ butter, etc., into the city should be allowed to register in respect of a stall in the Market, or a shop, or other place in the city. Therefore those who wish to bring butter into the city can sell it in the Market or other place, provided they are registered at that place.

Worcestershire and the War: The following N.C.O.’s, who were prisoners of war in Germany, have arrived in Holland for internment: 12007 Corpl. T.T. Davies, 8533 Sergt. T. McCrodden, 12353 L.-Sergt. A. Palmer, 8360 Sergt. W. Sherwood; Captain Peter Foulkes-Roberts, O.V., a former King’s Scholar, was amongst those who received the Military Cross from the King, at Buckingham Palace, on Thursday last.

Information researched by The Worcestershire World War 100 team