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Key dates over January 1918

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Lives lost on this day: 3

2nd January 1918 - Wounded veteran charged with assault

Rolling casualty count: 8437

War Front:

1st Batt: Hostile aircraft dropped bombs on the edge of camp. Casualties were

2 OR wounded.

2nd Batt: Batt box respirators were tested in Winnezeele.

3rd Batt: Enemy artillery very active around Batt HQ with 4.2s and 5.9s. Weather very cold.

4th Batt: Batt practising firing with box respirators on and anti-gas attacks in bitterly cold weather.

2/8th Batt: Batt in training. 2 OR returned from CC Station and 2 OR joined from Divisional Depot.

Yeomanry /Cavalry: Better weather for Brigade marching through Ramleh . Camp was at a village called Yebnah by an oasis.

Home Front:

A meeting of the Hereford and Worcester Local Munitions Tribunal was held at the Guildhall on Monday. William Carrington, iron moulder, Worcester complained that he as dismissed without a week’s notice by Messrs. Wm. Tetstall and Co., Worcester, on Nov. 30th, for which complainant claimed £5 as compensation. He alleged that he was discharged at a minute’s notice at 11.30, the reason being that he was asked to work in 9½ hours which required 12 hours in which to do it.

City Police Court: William Tustin, 2 Court, Powick Lane, and Arthur Walton, 16, Bull Entry, were summoned by Charles Wharton, 12, Skinner Street, for assault on Dec. 15th. Tustin, a crippled soldier, who has lost a leg in the war, pleaded not guilty, and Walton did not appear, the Clerk stating that a notice of adjournment had been returned through the Dead Letter Office. Councillor T.Brigden said he inspected the lavatories, which looked more like a slaughter-house. There would not be two square feet not covered with blood, and blood was in the w.c. and the attendant’s room. Charles Watkins, an attendant, described how defendants and the gang annoyed the attendants, removing mops, locking the gate, knocking down a pair of steps, etc. The Bench held that the attendants must be protected in the discharge of their duties, and they considered that defendants had been parties to a disgraceful attack upon them. Had Tustin not been injured he would have been dealt with more severely. He would be fined £1, and Walton £3, or 28 days’ in default.

Bad Boy: Arthur Simpson (13), 29, Moor Street, was summoned for stealing from a wallet in a jacket in the cart-shed at 46, Shambles, a £1 Treasury Note, the monies of Albert George Summers, butcher, on December 31st; and with stealing a 10s. Treasury Note on December 22nd. The boy admitted the offences. The Bench adjourned the case until April 4th to see how he conducted himself in the meantime.

Information researched by The Worcestershire World War 100 team