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Lives lost on this day: 2

8th March 1918 - A Drunken Driver

Rolling casualty count: 8537

War Front:

2nd Batt: Batt doing musketry practice under the Company Commander.

4th Batt: X and Y Coys were working on Pickelhaube Keep, Army Battle Zone.

Home Front:

The body of Gunner F. Harrison, R.F.A. (son of Mrs. Harrison, of Barber’s Hill, Malvern), was found on the railway line at High Wycombe on Monday. The deceased had seen long service in France and after being wounded he was home on leave in January. The funeral will take place at Malvern Cemetery tomorrow (Saturday).

A Drunken Driver: Daniel Hopton (44), butcher, East Street, pleaded guilty to being drunk while in charge of a horse and trap in Sidbury. P.S. Teale said that defendant knocked a cyclist over and witness went after defendant and found that he was drunk. He tried to bring defendant to the station, but defendant declined to go after he had gone a short distance and witness had to take him to the station on a tramcar. The cyclist, Harold Hill, said he could not avoid defendant and he was knocked under a dray and had his back badly strained. The Magistrate’s Clerk said defendant had on him £124. Defendant said he went with a man to buy horses and had a cup or two of cider at farm houses. The Chairman said they could not fine defendant more than £2 or they would do so. They hoped defendant would give them an assurance that he would compensate the man for the damages to his bicycle. Defendant said he would. He was fined £2.

Mr. Arthur Jones, Master of the Worcestershire Foxhounds, Army Purchasing Officer and Superintendent Remount Depot, Worcester, by the King’s Command attended the Investiture at Buckingham Palace on Wednesday last and was decorated by His Majesty with the Order of the British Empire.

The death occurred on Thursday afternoon of Mr. Daniel McGrath, of East Street. He recently underwent an operation and seemed at first to be making good progress, but unfavourable symptoms supervened and for some days it had been known that there was no hope of recovery. He came to Worcester from Hereford nearly forty years ago, and had been employed during the whole of that period at the “Echo” office. He was much respected as a capable worker, unfailingly punctual and industrious. He was an active Liberal worker in the ward of Claines. He leaves a widow and daughter.

Information researched by The Worcestershire World War 100 team