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Key dates over January 1918

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Lives lost on this day: 2

20th January 1918 - Illicit drinking charges

Rolling casualty count: 8475

War Front:

3rd Batt: Work was confined to clearing the front Line trench.

4th Batt: Divine service am. Clearing up by more working parties. Cos of W and X Coys plus 1 officer each from Y and Z Coys, reconnoitred the Support Brigade defence Line.

2/8th Batt: Five OR arrived from base.

10th Batt: Batt improving the trenches. One prisoner from the Pioneer Batt ,50th Reserve Division was captured. 1 OR was wounded.

Home Front:

Alleged Illicit Drinking: At the City Police Court, today, before Messrs. W.K. Kay and W.G.R. Stone, John Griffiths (45), steward, 63, Lowesmoor, was charged with supplying rum in the Worcester Working Men’s Club during prohibited hours, at 1.15am on December 30th. There were two other charges of supplying whisky and rum on two other dates, at 10.10 pm and 11.10 pm. William Henry Cockbill (47), cab driver, and Alfred Phillips, engine driver, were charged with aiding and abetting in the first charge, and also of consuming whisky on the premises on another date.

Worcestershire Casualties: Pte. J. Raven, of the Coldstreams, who before joining the Army was on the clerical staff of Messrs. Healing and Sons, is wounded and a prisoner of war in Germany, at Limburg; Sergt. John H. Walker, of the Worcesters, son of Mrs. Walker, of Clarke’s Alley, High Street, Tewkesbury, has been admitted to a hospital in France suffering from a mild attack of gas poisoning from an enemy shell.

Information researched by The Worcestershire World War 100 team