WOMAN'S TWO SOLDIER HUSBANDS
At the Old Bailey, on Wednesday, Phyllis
Ayris (26), was sentenced to six months' hard labour for bigamy.
Prosecuting counsel said that prisoner was married in December,
1910, at Manchester, her husband being a London Territorial, who
last year went to the front, was wounded, and was discharged as
unfit. He allowed her 28s. a week. Prisoner "married" a young
Canadian soldier in London while her husband was away, and he
assigned her 25s. a week. The Recorder, Sir Forrest Fulton, said
that prisoner had found herself in clover through the
Some people were making a very good thing
out of the war, and she was one of them. In addition to bigamy, she
had falsified the register by giving a false name and describing
"herself as a spinster. Substantial punishment must be meted out in
cases of bigamy, which were part of a regular scheme to defraud the
SOLDIER'S ATTEMPTED SUICIDE.
John Shea, a private-in the 3/5th King's
Liverpool Regt., billeted at Blackpool, was charged at Blackpool
Court, with attempting to commit suicide. The Chief Constable said
that on Wednesday morning Shea went into his billet, in Kirkby
Road, and later he was found in his bedroom with a belt wrapped
tightly round his neck.
It was unbuckled, and P.S.
Hill called in. The man had been in the Army about six weeks, and
prior to enlisting he had been on board a ship that had been,
torpedoed, and had his nerves upset. His officers were present in
Court, and were prepared to take charge of him, and place him under
their own medical officer. Shea was discharged.