Hertfordshire Mercury, 25th December 1915


At Ware Petty Sessions on Tuesday, Henry Ernest Skeggs (35), a labourer, of 58 Baldock Street, Ware, was charged with being drunk at Ware on December 5.  Mr J. W. Mason, a Special Constable, said he saw the defendant in Baldock Street, and he tried to walk into Coronation Road, but collided with a wooden fence.  Then the witness heard a fall and found the defendant on his hands and knees in the road, and he was assisted home.  Mr F. O. Greenfield, another Special Constable, gave corroborative evidence.  The defendant said he had been having a conversation in a public house and got excited, and when he came out he fell down, but he was not drunk.  The defendant was fined 4 shillings.

Mrs Ellen Chalkley (54), of Cherry Tree Yard, Ware, pleaded not guilty to a similar offence on December 8 in New Road, Ware.  P.C. Bignell said that at 10.10 p.m. he heard someone fall in the New Road and say ‘Soldier, soldier, soldier, help me’.  He found the defendant being supported by two men.  She was drunk and her face was bleeding.  He assisted her home, and left her in the charge of neighbours.  The defendant denied that she was drunk, and said she slipped off the kerb in the dark.  She was fined 9 shillings.

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