Folkestone Express 27-9-1924 Tuesday, September 23 rd : Before Messrs. G.I. Swoffer and W.R.
Boughton, and Dr. W.W. Nuttall.
John Palmer, a farmer of West Hythe, was charged with being drunk and disorderly on Saturday. He pleaded Guilty. Inspector Pittock said at 9.35 p.m.
on Saturday he went into the Guildhall public house, in consequence of what he had heard. He there saw the defendant, who was drunk. He made a communication to the landlord, and Palmer went out of the house, where he was joined by six other men.
They all went into the East Kent Arms, so he followed them. He told Palmer that he had had enough to drink, and that he had better get out of the house. He went outside the house, and struggled when others tried to get him away by a bus.
He eventually took him into custody, and at the police station he charged him with being drunk and disorderly. At Palmer`s own request a doctor was called in and examined him. The doctor issued a certificate stating that the prisoner was suffering from the effects of alcohol.
The Clerk said the certificate was given by Dr. C. Barrett.
Defendant said he was very sorry. He had been to Canterbury all day. He there bought a horse, and he had the misfortune for the animal to drop down dead.
That rather upset him, so he had one or two drops of whisky. He had not been used to drink. If the Magistrates would overlook that case he would give them his promise that he would not drink anything again.
Mr. Beesley (the Chief Constable) said there were 42 previous convictions for various offences, including drunkenness, obscene language, and assaulting the police. The Magistrates fined the defendant 2, and when he asked for time in which to pay, the Clerk said the money could be paid out of the 16 which was in the defendant`s possession when taken into custody.
Folkestone Express 13-3-1926 We regret to have to announce the death of Mr. James Tunbridge, of Laudec Villa, 74, Radnor Park Road, and which took place in the Royal Victoria Hospital on Monday morning. He was 76 years of age, and had enjoyed good health until about a month ago.
The deepest sympathy, we are sure, will be extended to the members of the family, who are left to mourn a very great loss. He leaves a widow, three sons and a. daughter, nine grandchildren and three great-grand children.
Ever a fine personality, the late Mr. Tun bridge was characterised by his extreme geniality and goodwill. He was a typical old English gentleman, who had won the highest esteem of those whom he came in contact.
He was ever ready to help those in distress, and some of his staunch advice proved invaluable. His kindly nature had won the admiration of his fellow men. He celebrated his golden wedding on Christmas Day, 1921, the marriage taking place at the Holy Trinity Church, Dover, on Christ mas morning, 1871.
He was born at Alkham, the village midwav between Folkestone and Dover, and was a son of the late Mr. Thomas Tunbridge. He was a brother of the late Mr.
Tilden Tunbridge. He was a carpenter, and was employed on the South Eastern Railway for twelve years. He was one of the first to commence the work on the projected Channel Tunnel.
He assisted in the building of Shorncliffe Station and was foreman-in-charge of Cheriton Arch Station, which, at the present time is known as the Central Station. He became the proprietor of the Castle Inn, Foord, and subsequently resided at the Guildhall Vaults, the Railway Bell, and the Fountain Hotel, Seabrook. He retired from business in 1917.
He was the chairman of the Licensed Victuallers Society on three occasions, and was the chairman of the Licensed Victuallers Mineral Water Co. for six years. He was exceedingly fond of bowls, and was a member of the Hythe Bow ling Club.
He was quite content and happy when trundling the woods . He was, in his time, an excellent shot, and was probably on e of the best shots in the neighbourhood. He was greatly devoted to shooting, and with!
his canine friend and a gun and cartridges, would make his way to the woods, where he spent many happy hours. He loved a game of billiards, and was known to be a very good welder of the cue, and was a rather formidable exponent of the game. He came to Folkestone 47 years ago.
He was a member of the Brotherhood of the Cheerful Sparrows, and also of the Folkestone Club. The funeral took place yesterday (Thurs day), at the Folkestone Cemetery, when the Vicar of St. John s Church (the Rev.
J. B. Cowell) officiated at the Church and at the graveside in the Folkestone Cemetery.
Folkestone Herald 13-3-1926 We regret to announce the death on Sunday of Mr. James Tunbridge, of 74, Radnor Park Road. The deceased, who was seventy four years of age was widely known in the town and district.
In his early days he followed the occupation of a carpenter and was employed on the South Eastern Railway for twelve years. He was one of the first to start on the work of the Channel tunnel, the site of which was afterwards utilised for a coal boring. He helped to build Shorncliffe Station, and was foreman-in-charge of the erection of Cheriton Arch Station, subsequently known as Radnor Park and now as the Central Station.
As a licensed victualler he was in turn licensee of the Castle Inn, Foord, Guildhall Vaults, Railway Bell, and the Fountain Hotel, Seabrook. In his particular calling deceased was regarded as a model, inasmuch as he always acted strictly in accordance with the licensing laws. He was for some time Chairman of the local Licensed Victuallers` Association, and also acted in a similar capacity for the Folkestone and District Licensed Victuallers` Mineral Water and General Supply Coy., Ltd.
In both these positions he enjoyed the full confidence of the members. He retired from business about nine years ago. Decease was a great devotee of the outdoor life.
He loved a game of bowls, and nothing gave him greater pleasure than to handle the woods on the greens of the Hythe Bowling Club, of which he was a member up to the time of his death. He found great pleasure, too, with his gun and dog amid the wheaten stubble on autumn and winter days. He was widely regarded as a dead shot .
A respected member of the Folkestone Club, he also enjoyed a game of billiards, and could give a good account of himself with the cue and ivories. The late Mr. Tunbridge was born at Alkham, but had resided in Folkestone practically all his life.
He celebrated his Golden Wedding on Christmas Day, 1921, and on that occasion, with his devoted partner, was the recipient of presents from many friends. Deceased was a typical Englishman. He was outspoken to a degree, straight as a die , and a real manly man.
As such he was regarded by all who had the privilege of his acquaintance. He was a friend to many, and did a lot of good by stealth. To his widow and surviving family (three sons and one daughter) much sympathy is extended.
The funeral took place at the Cemetery on Thursday afternoon. Folkestone Express 15-5-1926 Saturday, May 8 th : Before Mr. G.I.
Swoffer Alderman C E. Mumford, Mr. A.
Stace, Dr. W.W. Nuttall, Col.
Broome-Giles. Corpl . Joseph James Newall, of the 1st Royal Warwickshire Regiment, was charged with wilfully breaking a hurricane lamp in Beach Street on Friday night, the property of the Corporation, and of the value of 2s.
Prisoner pleaded not guilty. Joseph Barrett, casual dock porter, employed by the Southern Railway Company, said he was in Beach Street on Friday night, at 9.40, and saw three soldiers, two privates and an N.C.O. As the soldiers got in line with him lie heard the remark We will go on strike.’ A hurricane lamp on a caution board was struck, and the glass broke.
The N.C.O. struck the lamp with his cane. He reported the matter to P.C.
Simpson, and the soldier was then running in the direction of Tontine Street. P.C. Simpson blew his whistle, and gave chase.
Later he identified en the prisoner at the police station. P.C. Simpson said that when lie gave led chase he missed prisoner at Harbour Street.
He returned to Beach Street, and took the other two soldiers to the police station for enquiries. Later he saw defendant in the custody of Sergt. Hollands.
Prisoner was paraded with other men, and in fairness to himself was allowed to wear a private s jacket. He was identified by the last witness, and when charged made no reply. Sergt.
Holiands said he last saw prisoner at the London and Paris Hotel, and from what he was told he went up the Bayle steps, and saw defendant come from a passage at the rear of the houses. He stopped him outside the Globe Inn, and said Where did you come from, Tommy? He replied I have just left my young lady in that passage .
He noticed he was out of breath, and his face was flushed. He said to him You look like the soldier I am looking for. You come back with me, and we will find your young lady .
Prisoner indicated the place where he thought she went in, and he made enquiries but failed to find any young lady who knew prisoner. Prisoner said he left barracks at 7-3O p.m., and came into the town. He had two drinks in the Guildhall, left there, and went to the Brewery Tap, and had about four drinks there.
He came out about 9-16, and made his way down to the harbour. He went into another place. There was a girl sitting there, and, as soldiers did, he gave her the glad-eye .
He got into conversation with her, and had a couple of drinks. It wanted about two minutes to 9.30, and he asked her if she would go for a walk round, and she said Yes . She took him round some steps, and he started to talk to her, and arranged things for the following night and left her.
He came up the passage way, and when he had gone about fifty yards the Sergt. caught hold of him. He (prisoner) refused to go at first, and asked why he had taken him.
Sergeant Hollands went to one house only, and asked if the daughter had been out with a soldier. The woman said “No . A civilian went running up, and said he had seen a girl go down the other steps.
They took him to the Station and they started to argue so he said he would make a complaint. He could not say much, because there was six speaking to him, and he kept his mouth closed He was not with the other soldiers. An officer said prisoner s military character was good.
He had had about four years service. He was made Lance-Corporal in 1923, an d promoted to full Corporal in March, 1925. T here was nothing against him at all.
The Chairman said they considered the case proved, and he would be fined 5s., 2s. the costs of the damage, and 2s.
6d. witness costs (9s 6d).
They thanked Mr. Barrett for the trouble he had taken, and the very nice way he had given his evidence. Folkestone Herald 15-5-1926 Saturday, May 8 th : Before Mr.
G.I. Swoffer, Alderman C.E. Mumford, Mr.
A. Stace, and Dr. W.W.
Nuttall. Corporal Joseph James Newell, of the 1 st Battn. R.
Warwickshire Regt. was charged with wilfully damaging a hurricane lamp, the property of the Corporation. He pleaded Not Guilty.
Joseph Barratt, a casual dock porter, employed by the Southern Railway, said the previous night about 9.30 he was in Beach Street, when he saw three soldiers two privates and one N.C.O. There were two road notice boards, one at each end of Beach Street, and on each board were two lamps. As the soldiers came into line with him (witness) he heard the remark passed We will go on strike , and as soon as the remark was passed the lamp was struck.
The N.C.O. who now stood in the dock did it. P.C.
Simpson deposed that at 9.40 p.m. the previous evening he was proceeding from the Fish Market into Beach Street, when he heard the last witness shout That soldier has broken a danger lamp . The soldier was on the run about 50 yards ahead.
Witness immediately blew his whistle and gave chase. Prisoner ran into Harbour Street, where the chase was taken up by Sergt. Hollands.
Prisoner was paraded in witness`s presence at the police station with seven other men, and was allowed to put a private`s tunic on. All the men were dressed alike. Prisoner was picked out by the last witness.
When charged he made no reply. Sergt. Hollands said he chased the prisoner, who ran round the corner of the London and Paris Hotel.
From what he was told, witness continued up the Bayle Steps on to the Bayle Parade and by the Globe Inn he saw prisoner, who said he had just left his young lady. He made enquiries where prisoner said his young lady had gone, but could not find her. Prisoner said he had had two drinks at the Guildhall, and then went to the Brewery Tap, where he had four drinks.
He came out at about sixteen minutes past nine and went towards the Harbour. He went into the London and Paris, where he saw a young lady, got into conversation with her, and asked her what she would have to drink. About two minutes to half past nine they went for a walk round and the young lady took him round the back and up some steps to the very top.
When they reached the top they talked and made arrangements for the next night, and he left her. When he came through the alleyway the Sergt. came up to him and caught hold of him.
The Sergt. only went to one house, and that satisfied him. Afterwards a civilian came up the road and said a girl had come out of the alley.
He (prisoner) was not with the two other soldiers. An officer said prisoner`s military character was good, and had no civil convictions. Prisoner was fined 5/- and ordered to pay 2/- for the damage to the lamp, and 2/6 witness`s expenses, making 9/6 in all.
The Chairman, calling Barratt before the Bench, said the Magistrates thanked him for the trouble he had taken. Folkestone Herald 3-11-1928 We regret to announce the death, on Wednesday, of Mr. George Bradstone Cozens, proprietor of the Guildhall Hotel, Folkestone.
Deceased, who was 63 years of age, had resided in Folkestone for 13 years, having previously held a licence at Potter`s Corner, near Ashford. Mr. Cozens served 23 years in the Army (R.A.M.C.) and saw active service in the Egyptian War (1884-6) and also throughout the Boer War.
He held both the Khedive`s and the Queen`s Medal, and retired with the rank of Warrant Officer. Deceased was a member of the Folkestone and District Licensed Victuallers` Association, and also of a similar organisation in the Ashford division. Of a gentle and retiring disposition, he won the general esteem of a large number of his fellow citizens.
General sympathy is extended to his widow.
The funeral will take place at Golders Green today.