Letters from the front line, shared with the newspaper, started to give people a vivid and sometimes heart-rending view of the mud, cold, endless slog and danger being experienced by the troops, while growing fear of invasion at home saw men not qualified for active service signing up to join the Volunteer units. And towards the end of the month, the first signs that Christmas was round the corner.

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.

- Don't 'treat' soldiers and sailors to drinks
- Hilda sets exemlary school attendance record
- Confusion over German 'aliens'

- Musicians popular if a little too classical
- War is cleansing souls but breaking hearts
- WEA lecture on causes of war

- 'Bit of a dust up off Heligoland'
- Lamplighter ends up in Dublin hospital
- Not had my clothes off since leaving England
- Separated from his brother in battle
- Anxiety and relief over prisoners of war
- Enlisting is better than going to prison
- Idle vicar retires, blunt new man at St Paul's
- Volunteers need a second drill hall
- Disagreements about a 'spiritual' war

- Only chance was to run across open fields
- Wounded man reluctant to talk to press
- More women needed to make clothes

- Volunteers flock to home defence
- Belgian siege hero at Shipley Grange
- Call for lunch-time Volunteers
- Fears for poor pensioners as rents rise
- Women targeted for drinks ban
- Local discomforts bring complaints
- Shipley postmen pay a heavy price
- Family receive a letter from the grave
- T'order o' t' knights o' t' white feather
- Father spots son in film from the front line
- Recipe for a perfect plum pudding
- Salt girls share their party
- Politicians abandon local elections
- Given time to keep off drink - in jail
- Ragtime Crawl wows English dancers
- Instant response to POWs' plea
- Crowds line the street for soldier's funeral
- Praise for sacrifices made on the home front

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