Two young officers exceedingly drunk

Hertfordshire Mercury, 24th August 1918


At St Albans, 2nd Lt John James Browne, RAF, and 2nd Lt George Brown, King’s Royal Rifles, two young officers who are inmates of the military hospital at Shefford, were charged before a special county petty sessional sitting at St Albans on Friday with having been drunk and incapable on the Redbourn Road on the previous evening. The defendants, who had been in the police cells overnight, pleaded guilty.

PC Frank Young, Redbourn, said that at a quarter to eight on Thursday evening he was on duty on the St Albans to Redbourn road near the “Punch Bowl” and saw the defendants drunk, arm in arm, and staggering from one side of the road to the other. They were singing and shouting, and the defendant Browne fell twice.  The witness cycled to the military hospital at Shefford and informed Lt Col Hargrave who proceeded down the road in his motor-car.  The defendants were then near Hog End Lane and were brought to St Albans Police Station; their condition being too bad to enable Lt Col Hargrave to deal with them.  Lt Col Hargrave said the defendants were very drunk and not amenable to discipline.

The Magistrates adjourned the case sine die to enable the military authorities to deal with the accused.

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