Remember when you couldn’t get a beer in a pub at 4.00pm?

th-1Another 2015 anniversary is 9th May 1915, the start of the Battle of Aubers Ridge, because it was the start of the shell scandal when the British Army discovered it didn’t have enough artillery shells. This led to the appointment of dynamic David Lloyd-George as Minister of Munitions. Historian AJP Taylor famously said back in the 1970s that when you couldn’t get a drink in a pub at 4 o’clock in the afternoon, you blamed the Battle of Aubers Ridge. Licensing hours were restricted to keep munition workers out of the boozers and the shells rolling to the Front. We Blue Badge tour guides remember that at any pub on any of our walks.

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