The events of July 1918
While still  carrying harrowing stories of local men killed, wounded, missing or taken prisoner and still highlighting those whose courage was rewarded with medals, there were fewer local reports from the front line and the newspaper, under a new editor, started to reflect some of the wider events. At home, for almost the first time since war had been declared, political parties were starting to think about elections and officials started to make plans so they were ready as soon as an election was deemed appropriate. Lists of voters were drawn up and immediately it was noted how much larger the electorate was going to be at the next election. In the Shipley constituency there were going to be at least 4,500 women voting for the first time. Meanwhile there was campaigning to remove the names of Conscientious Objectors from the list of voters as they were deemed to no longer have the right to vote. There were plenty of short-term local stories, not least flash floods after a summer storm, but the main concern was still the food shortages and all that meant to people’s everyday lives. The government had decided to issue new ration books to control the sale of foodstuffs and to try to make it fairer. The need to grow more at home and to make sure the harvest was gathered safely meant even more pressure on women to join the Land Army and a plan to recruit gardeners to work on farms during harvest time because so many farm labourers were still fighting in France. 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.
5 July 1918
- Windhill vicar writes from the Front Line - Letters home from “Eccleshill Road” - Serving men condemn striking miners
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- Widow dies putting flowers on grave - We need holidays but show restraint - Harvest beer gets the go ahead
- 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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  - Reward for a lifetime of public service   - Coal hoarders to miss out under rationing   - Big rise in the number of electors
- Killed after just two days in the trenches - Civilian distress shames ‘shirkers’ at home - POWs give the view from the other side
- Mother receives dead son’s medal - Killed on his way to get wound treated - A family’s sacrifices
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12 July 1918
- Windhill vicar writes from the Front Line - Letters home from “Eccleshill Road” - Serving men condemn striking miners
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- Boy Scout drowned on holiday in Wales - Pastor approaches 21 years at church - Gored to death by a bull
- 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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  - Welcome for tramways climb down   - Women urged to join the Land Army   - Bandsman buried with his youngest child
- Killed after just two days in the trenches - Civilian distress shames ‘shirkers’ at home - POWs give the view from the other side
- Died leading his men into action - Buried with military honours at Nab Wood - Architect dies of his wounds
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19 July 1918
- Windhill vicar writes from the Front Line - Letters home from “Eccleshill Road” - Serving men condemn striking miners
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- Resignation sparks Party challenges - Only a dodger would question doctors - Guilty youths ordered to join the Navy
- 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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  - Fined for dangerous cycling   - Large increase in number of voters   - Thousands see Barnes’ take all ten
- Killed after just two days in the trenches - Civilian distress shames ‘shirkers’ at home - POWs give the view from the other side
- Family’s news roller-coaster over son - Reports of dead, wounded and missing - Khaki weddings arouse local interest
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