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September 4, 1915
Sapper C Walton RE (son of Mr E Walton, 81 Claremont Road, Rugby), who had a narrow escape from death at the front, his life being saved by a wallet and pocketbook, which he was carrying diverting a bullet, is visiting his home on short sick leave. He was struck by a ricochetting bullet in the left breast, just above the heart. However his ills had not ceased, for while his wound was being dressed a fall of earth occurred in the trench and he was buried up to his hips, sustaining further injuries from which he has not yet recovered.
September 3, 1965
A move to reduce charges at the new car park in Chapel Street will be made at the next meeting of Rugby Borough Council, it was revealed yesterday. Coun Mrs Charlotte Kirby, Conservative member for Eastlands, told the Advertiser that twice this week the numbers of vehicles there had dropped from 60 to 12. “From the housewives’ point of view, the present position is crazy,” said Mrs Kirby, who is calling for the charge of a shilling to be cut to at least sixpence and for the introduction of weekly tickets for businessmen.
August 30, 1990
Delaying tactics by poll tax protesters in Rugby are likely to force up next year’s bills. Borough treasurer John Lord sounded the warning after the latest round of non-payment hearings at Rugby Magistrates Court. The court had to sit from 10am until 6.30pm to deal with people who have not paid the controversial charge. And it heard that around 7,000 residents have still to pay up. Court costs could rise by £50 for each case as the council says the present £10.60 is too low.