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Lives lost on this day: 3

2nd March 1918 - Drainage Trouble at Hallow

Rolling casualty count: 8527

War Front:

2nd Batt: Batt relieved the KRR Corps in the Front Line.

4th Batt: Batt in billets and at Winnezeele were allotted to men. Coys practiced attack without a barrage, just firing and movement.

Home Front:

Local Notes: The King has granted to Sir Herbert Whiteley, M.P., of Thorngrove, Grimley, authority to use the name of Huntingdon in addition to and before that of Whiteley and to bear the arms of the Huntington quarterly with his own family arms.

Drainage Trouble at Hallow: The Inspector of Nuisances reported that the drains and sewers at North Hallow were frequently stopped by reason of people allowing rubbish such as floorcloths, rags, potato parings, etc., to get into the drains and on the suggestion of the Acting Clerk it was decided to have notices posted in the parish pointing out that it was unlawful for any person to throw or pass into any sewer or drains any matter which might prevent the free flow of sewage.

Mixed Drinks: Mary Ann Collier, Barn Cottage, The Butts, pleaded guilty to being drunk in Bridge Street. P.C. Godsman proved the case. Prisoner said that she mixed a drop of gin and half a pint of beer. She was fined 5s.

Lived in a Pig Sty: John Bourne, of Broughton Hackett was charged, first with stealing three lamps, a tablecloth and bolster slip, the property of Frederick Clarke, at Churchill, between the 9th and 23rd February and secondly with stealing an undervest, the property of George Mitchell, on February 28th. P.C. Bainbridge said that he received a complaint from Mr. Mitchell that he had lost an undervest from his clothes line. On the previous evening he had seen the prisoner near. He obtained a search warrant and searched a pig sty where the prisoner lived. He there discovered the articles already named. He was remanded till the next Petty Sessions.

The Food Production Department of the Board of Agriculture is urgently in need of skilled ploughmen and ploughwomen and mechanics able to repair tractor machinery and steam tackle.

Inquest on Child: The report of the inquest held on the son of Mr. Wilkins, of 7 Askew Square, Charles Street, was headed “Child Overlaid.” This was incorrect, the verdict being “Death due to asphyxia from vomiting.”

A report has just been printed and presented to Parliament, dealing with the treatment by the Germans of British prisoners who fell in the hands of the enemy between the outbreak of war and the end of 1914. This report is based on the statements of 48 British officers and 77 non-commissioned officers and men. They describe their transport by railway from various towns in Belgium and Northern Europe to the prison camps in Germany, where they were interned. Captain Beresford, Worcestershire Regiment (from Cambrai to Mainz, October 16-20), records that “from the time of leaving Cambrai one was insulted at every stop, which was very frequent and people crowded round the carriage, women included, and called on every name they could think of. There was no officer on the train and one was left to the tender mercies of an under-officer, who took a delight to exhibit one as a wild beast.”

During the hearing of a trade mark dispute between the Imperial Tobacco Co. and George de Pasquale and Co., in the Chancery Division, on Friday, it was stated that 4,000,000,000 cigarettes were supplied to the Army last year.

Information researched by The Worcestershire World War 100 team