Thursday, 15 November 2018

A hundred years ago

PTE William Cook, of the Royal Fusiliers, was charged with being an absentee as from

PTE William Cook, of the Royal Fusiliers, was charged with being an absentee as from September 5. Sgt Seaton said he went to the house in Albert Road where Cook’s father resided. He saw Cook who admitted that he was absent without leave. The defendant, in answer to the Mayor who asked him why he did not rejoin his regiment on September 5 when his leave expired, replied that he had met some friends in London. The Mayor remanded the defendant in custody to await a military escort.

Information has been received that three old boys of the Henley Lads’ Brigade have been wounded recently while on active service. In the case of Pte Charles King, Royal Berks Regiment, his mother, Mrs King, of Hop Gardens, has received a letter stating that he was wounded under the left arm just 12 hours before he was due to depart for home for a few days’ leave.

Some considerable consternation was caused in Henley on Monday evening last week by the appearance of a strange light in the sky. There was quite a crowd of people in the streets in varying stages of fright and consternation, watching the light and their opinions as to what the strange light could be varied from a balloon to an aeroplane. In fact, it was only a very bright planet.



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