The events of June 1916
Although we now know that the bloodiest battle in Britain’s history was only a month away, there is little sign of it in the Shipley Times & Express coverage. We now realise the significance of the letters from local lads about how hard they were training in Yorkshire, and those from young men arriving in France for the first time. Much of the military reporting is on the aftermath of the Battle of Jutland. At home the main concern was the economy and especially the rising price of food. The much-loved traditional Whitsun holiday was put on hold to help increase production. The nation mourned the death of Lord Kitchener, the man who had recruited millions of volunteers to the war. Now, with enlistment, the spotlight fell on tribunals and especially conscientious objectors as those fighting against conscription made their case. Locally doctors sought to reassure parents after an outbreak of diphtheria in Saltaire; local bye-laws were used to stop a woman cleaning windows six foot off the ground and Shipley was suspicious that down at Bradford they were plotting to usurp some of Shipley Council’s powers. The links below will take you to pages containing stories published exactly 100 years before. The headlines shown are only a taste of the stories that appear on that page.
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2 June 1916
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- Windhill vicar writes from the Front Line - Letters home from “Eccleshill Road” - Serving men condemn striking miners
- Harry drowned fishing with teapot - No need to panic over diphtheria - New railway bridge needed at Valley Road
- Killed after just two days in the trenches - Civilian distress shames ‘shirkers’ at home - POWs give the view from the other side
  - 50th anniversary of Rosse Street Church   - Volunteers battle the elements on moor   - Police alert in case of air raid
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- Killed after just two days in the trenches - Civilian distress shames ‘shirkers’ at home - POWs give the view from the other side
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- Reggie swims for his life - Dangerous souvenir collecting - Sgt impressed by skill of airmen
9 June 1916
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- Windhill vicar writes from the Front Line - Letters home from “Eccleshill Road” - Serving men condemn striking miners
- Nation mourns the death of Kitchener - Young Ethel curious about Job’s curse - Fury over window cleaning law
- Killed after just two days in the trenches - Civilian distress shames ‘shirkers’ at home - POWs give the view from the other side
  - Suffragist supports Conscientious Objectors   - Tribunals tackle small trader problem   - Shipley votes to sacrifice Whitsun
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- Killed after just two days in the trenches - Civilian distress shames ‘shirkers’ at home - POWs give the view from the other side
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- Local casualties of Jutland battle - Medal for Windhill solider - Men send back thoughts from the trenches
16 June 1916
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- Windhill vicar writes from the Front Line - Letters home from “Eccleshill Road” - Serving men condemn striking miners
- Mother’s deference blamed for child’s death - Parcels for serving men - Boyhood memories of Whitsun
- Killed after just two days in the trenches - Civilian distress shames ‘shirkers’ at home - POWs give the view from the other side
  - Local tributes to national hero   - Children’s gifts for wounded soldiers   - T’brass doesn’t go as far as it did
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- Killed after just two days in the trenches - Civilian distress shames ‘shirkers’ at home - POWs give the view from the other side
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- Dream of a new future ends in France - Tough preparation before heading for front - War over for men who’d been through sieve
23 June 1916
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- Windhill vicar writes from the Front Line - Letters home from “Eccleshill Road” - Serving men condemn striking miners
- Conscientious Objectors’ pleas ignored - Girl Guides a force for good - Plans for Crowgill Park memorial
- Killed after just two days in the trenches - Civilian distress shames ‘shirkers’ at home - POWs give the view from the other side
  - Girl drowned picking flowers   - What makes a gentleman?   - Horse killed in accident with roller
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- Killed after just two days in the trenches - Civilian distress shames ‘shirkers’ at home - POWs give the view from the other side
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- Volunteer Force seek to fill gaps - Baildon teenager loses eye in combat - Casualties across the district
30 June 1916
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- Windhill vicar writes from the Front Line - Letters home from “Eccleshill Road” - Serving men condemn striking miners
- Quick-thinking tram driver saves child’s life - Shipley wary of powerful neighbour - Library half-day closing plan
- Killed after just two days in the trenches - Civilian distress shames ‘shirkers’ at home - POWs give the view from the other side
  - Anti conscription rally at Shipley Glen   - WEA success against ignorant democracy   - Council turn round energy losses
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- Killed after just two days in the trenches - Civilian distress shames ‘shirkers’ at home - POWs give the view from the other side
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- Archie has Germans on a sticky wicket - Medal for Shipley soldier - Extolling the virtue of “wireless” at sea