The events of June 1918
One of the key factors affecting people at home was the introduction of new ration books and rules for traders. Some inevitably tried to get round the rules and ended up in court while others, like some milkmen, complained that the rules on schoolchildren working meant they couldn’t get the help they needed. We also read the first reports that working with TNT in munitions factories might be affecting the workers’ health but it was soon denied by doctors and officials. Although the battles were still raging across the channel, more and more people were thinking about events once the war was over and while there hadn’t been elections for several years, plans were being made for both national and local votes with parties starting to consider who would make winning candidates. We get a glimpse of how harsh life could be with the story of two boys, aged nine and ten, given the birch. And amid all the usual comprehensive coverage of the very popular local cricket scene, came the story that the Bradford Cricket League had introduced a ban on gambling on matches. The toll of casualties from the front was still high and once again the deaths, wounding and heroism of local men was a regular feature in the newspaper. There were also far more stories of men being made prisoners of war. For some families this came as a relief, hearing that their loved one was no longer in the ‘missing in action’ category that created so much anxiety among those who wondered if they dared hope he was still alive. 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.
7 June 1918
- Windhill vicar writes from the Front Line - Letters home from “Eccleshill Road” - Serving men condemn striking miners
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- Great and the good of Shipley in photos - Poultry food con trick - Health visitor debate raises hackles
- 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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  - Teachers’ raises will help recruitment   - Too many schools is a problem   - How to make a bird scarer
- Killed after just two days in the trenches - Civilian distress shames ‘shirkers’ at home - POWs give the view from the other side
- Chimney sweep missing in action - Medals for local heroes - Policeman’s son gassed
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14 June 1918
- Windhill vicar writes from the Front Line - Letters home from “Eccleshill Road” - Serving men condemn striking miners
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- Lord of the Manor dies in his bath - TNT link to workers’ TB denied - Collection day for women workers
- 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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  - Carding jobber dies after mill accident   - ILP call for more working class magistrates   - War liabilities could last until 1970s
- Killed after just two days in the trenches - Civilian distress shames ‘shirkers’ at home - POWs give the view from the other side
- Squadron makes Hun flyer turn tail - Grateful to angels in white - New post for Thackley hero
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21 June 1918
- Windhill vicar writes from the Front Line - Letters home from “Eccleshill Road” - Serving men condemn striking miners
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- Local man favourite to win close vote - ABC of new ration books - Death of a well-read railway worker
- 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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  - Court orders boys to be birched   - Cricket league clamps down on gambling   - Death of admired gardening enthusiast
- Killed after just two days in the trenches - Civilian distress shames ‘shirkers’ at home - POWs give the view from the other side
- Increased reports of prisoners of war - Family loses third son in five months - Rugby enthusiast killed in action
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