Ndlovu wrote: I am conducting some research about all things alcohol in the war, does anyone have any interesting/ funny/ noteworthy "booze-related" stories from the war (like the "Whisky Train" for example).
Just came across this -
36,000 GALLONS OF STOUT FOR THE TROOPS.
Mitchells and Butlers, Limited, brewers, of Cape Hill and Birmingham, whose offer of 1,000 barrels of stout for the British forces in South Africa was reported a week ago, received on Wednesday a gratifying letter from the War Office, in the following terms: "The Secretary of State for War accepts with thanks your munificent offer of the gift of 1,000 barrels of stout for the use of the troops in South Africa." The money value of this generous gift of Mitchells and Butlers is about £2,500. The casks, which are not returnable, are alone worth £1,000, and their contents, taken at cost value, will represent another £1,500.
"Patriotic fervour is being displayed in many ways. An East End publican gave notice that he would supply free drinks to all reservists. He had, however, neglected to take precautions to assure the identity of the applicants, and he had regretfully to abandon his generous design when 6,000 alleged "reservists" responded to his invitation in one week."