Early closing for Horsham pubs - November 1914

World War I daily bulletin from the Horsham district
World War I daily bulletin from the Horsham district

Numerous troops descended on Horsham, resulting in a move to shut pubs and clubs earlier.

“Horsham has this week increased considerably in population. Tuesday saw the arrival of the composite battalion which will form a special service unit of the Royal Fusiliers, and for a while there was no little stir in connection with the excitement of finding billets.

“In view of the growth of the 4th Reserve Battalion of the Royal Sussex Regiment and of the arrival on Tuesday of the Kensington Battalion of the Royal Fusiliers, expected to number around 1,100 the Chief Constable (Mr Williams) applied at Saturday’s Petty sessions for an order suspending the sale and supply of intoxicating liquor after nine each night at all licensed houses and clubs within a radius of three miles. [The order was changed to 9.30pm with clubs exempt]”