Ephraim Gore got the bird, but also got the maximum sentence!
Hertfordshire Mercury, 19th January 1918
At Welwyn Petty sessions, Ephraim Gore (38), dealer, of Luton, was charged with unlawfully killing a partridge at Codicote on 12th December 1917. The defendant sent a message saying that he had missed the train and asked that the case be heard in his absence.
PC H. Day, of Codicote, said that, on the date named, at 12.20 p.m., he saw the defendant coming along the St Albans Road with a pony attached to a coster cart. The witness stopped him and told him that he suspected him of coming from land in the occupation of Mr Roger Cunliffe where he had been in search of game, and that he should search him under the Poaching Prevention Act.
On searching the cart, he found a double-barrelled gun which contained one loaded cartridge, and one barrel contained an empty cartridge. A partridge which was quite warm and had fresh blood on it was also found in the cart. The defendant informed the witness that he had bought it from a man of Wheathampstead, but he would not give the man’s name.
Supt Pear handed in a list of 40 previous convictions, 4 of them being of a similar nature. The bench decided to inflict the maximum penalty of £5.