The events of December 1917
Although we now know that the battle of Passchendaele had reached its bloody and inconclusive end, the Shipley Times and Express was still catching up with the stories of the men who had been killed, wounded or reported missing. Later in the month there is news of medals awarded for heroism and a few fortunate men managed to get home for a short leave. At home, food shortages were hitting people hard and the Food Control Committee struggled to ensure there were fair shares for all. There was even talk of ploughing up parts of golf courses so more food could be grown. Shortages were part of the reason some were calling for peace talks to begin. But the majority still felt there should be no talks until the German military machine was crushed and this message was enthusiastically received at meetings of the War Aims movement. Of course Christmas, although a little less lavish this year, was a time for celebration and exchanging gifts, although some of the items advertised as suitable for presents - flags of the allies, hot water bottles and meat mincers - might strike us as odd. While the war dominated the news, there was plenty of other reporting to interest local people. Discussions raged about a proposed Education Bill that would end half-time working and have a major impact on Shipley and district; Shipley’s vicar announced he was leaving to take a new post in Leeds. And while this is all 100-year-old history to us, we also get the chance to look back even further with an article about Windhill in the 1840s. The links here 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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7 December 1917
- Windhill vicar writes from the Front Line - Letters home from “Eccleshill Road” - Serving men condemn striking miners
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- Making the case for peace talks - Unjust to deny COs the vote - Shipley vicar leaving for Leeds
- 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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  - Shopper and shopkeeper fall out   - 100gns for led astray young woman   - Looking back to Windhill in the 1840s
- Killed after just two days in the trenches - Civilian distress shames ‘shirkers’ at home - POWs give the view from the other side
- Looking forward to Xmas leave when killed - Another agony for Baildon family - Pals reunited on casualties’ ship
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14 December 1917
- Windhill vicar writes from the Front Line - Letters home from “Eccleshill Road” - Serving men condemn striking miners
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- Some folk can’t tighten their belts any more - Famous cornetist’s kindly deed - War is too serious for peace piffle
- 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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  - War profiteers are betraying fighting men   - Education battle must also be won   - Widow dies soon after son returns to Front
- Killed after just two days in the trenches - Civilian distress shames ‘shirkers’ at home - POWs give the view from the other side
- More men make the ultimate sacrifice - One pastor returns from front, another goes - Bridegroom quickly back to the front line
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- Christmas advertising