Historians cite the shooting of Archduke Ferdinand in Sarajevo, reported in the Shipley Times & Express on 3 July, as the trigger that sparked the First World War.

Britain declared war on Germany on 4 August 1914 yet what stands out when going through the local paper is how few signs there were that war was imminent.

The links below will take you week-by-week through some of the stories that appeared in the Shipley Times & Express exactly 100 years before. The headlines given only contain a few of the leading stories.

There are usually three pages, two of which will generally cover events and life in the Shipley district with the other one telling some of the stories of the men at the front.

- Archduke Ferdinand shot in Sarajevo
- Kaiser plans several trips to England
- Telephone link to New York is close

-Storms bring floods and chaos to the district

- Ready-made clothing is in fashion
- Unmarried women are not real women
- Early start for choir outing to the sea

- Few signs that war is imminent
- Society party ends in tragedy
- Mrs Pankhurst announces demonstration

- Carnival in Saltaire Park
- 'Hoydenism has become rampant'
- Sentenced to hard labour for family neglect

- Lock out brings chaos to streets of Keighley
- Crowds flock to see Shipley vicar's wedding
- Care needed over siting of public telephones
- Royal family helping reform 'Society'
- Ulster rejects plans for Home Rule
- Record fee for musical comedy star
- Pigeons, cats and cavies on show
- Carpentier takes the big prize
- Umpires subject to 'sarcastic remarks'
- Trade councils debate 'don't join the army'
- Mill workers' day out at Bolton Abbey
- Councillors row over ash pit nuisance
- King calls conference to avoid Irish 'civil war'
- Kaiser praised for graceful act
- Crowd turn on protesting suffragettes
- Warning after 23 children die from measles
- New Nidderdale dam to ease water demand
- Saltaire CC opt from professionalism
- angry unions demand reforms
- Mothers won't heed warnings about dummies
- Bolting horse and cart causes damage
- Austria declares war on Servia
- Troops fire on protesters in Dublin
- Everything depends on German Emperor
- Baden Powell speech on what is a lady?
- Spare-the-rod head teacher retires
- Newsboys and Shoeblacks day out
- Children's playground replaces piggeries
- Unions plan to counter trade slump
- Fashion for young girls

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