A local laundry was said to be carrying out a very big contract for the soldiers’ washing at Shoreham Camp. A new machine has been installed at a cost of £250, and the premises extended to cope with the extra work.
A letter from Albert Thomas to the Editors of the Gazettes suggests that Mr. Lloyd George and his teetotal campaign have exaggerated the alcohol intake since the outbreak of the war. The alleged excessive drinking, leading to “rioting and violent deaths”, on the part of the sailors, soldiers, and their wives, should not to be considered true. Brewster Sessions have proved that the vast majority of places throughout the country, including Sussex, have had a substantial reduction in drunkenness. In the Steyning area (including Shoreham Army Camp) drunkenness charges have actually fallen since 1914 from 53 to 32.
“Did not a Bishop say he would rather see England free than sober?”
A YMCA memorial concert by Convalescent Soldiers from Shoreham Army camp successfully took place at Connaught Hall. Private W. G. Soole violin solos and Quarter-master-Sergeant J. A. W. Martin’s singing were notably impressive.
An appeal was made on behalf of the Memorial Fund raised in memory of the brave men who had fallen during the war. The appeal aimed to provide a permanent building to be used by the young men of the town and district after the war. The building would be a place of recreation and for the purpose of study, without any particular religious or sectarian domination.
Two matches took place between a Ladies team and a Soldiers team on Thursday and Saturday evening. In the first match the Ladies faced “the Buffs from Shoreham Camp”, which ended in a two nil defeat for the ladies. However, on the Saturday match The Dome Ladies were triumphant against the Fourteenth Fusiliers from Shoreham Camp by a solitary goal.
At Connaught Hall a Whist Drive and Military Dance took place, with prizes for the winners such as; a cut-glass scent bottle, a silver photo frame, a smoker’s companion, and many more. However, the proposed football match on the Aerodrome between Soldiers from Eastern Command Depot and the Royal Flying Corps was postponed due to frozen conditions on the ground.
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