Courage, danger, injury, death and escape were constant themes from the front line while at home there was hardship, concern but also the everyday pleasures and irritations that had always been there.

Among the more momentous events locally was the last ever council meeting in the ancient Manor House which was about to be demolished.

The fascination of reading about life as it was reported 100 years ago cannot help occasionally be coloured by what we know of events that followed, events that colour our view of comments like those of Shipley MP Oswald Partington: 'We must ensure that the settlement of peace is one which will last for generations. The only way to do that is to take care there should be no transference of territory without the wishes of the people concerned being consulted.'

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.

- Moves to ease the fear of rising prices
- Garden city houses for Hirst Wood & Windhill
- Young men 'all right in their place'

- Council decide to take over Somerset House
- Belgian doctor masters English to work again
- Why the Kaiser should be buried in Eccleshill

- Windhill vicar calls for practical help
- Letters home provide insight into the war
- Corporal wounded for the second time
- Shipley MP's post-war vision
- Fans eager for new Mary Pickford film
- Women to get a place on church council
- Shipley's latest roll of serving men
- 14 'honoured dead' featured
- Mons survivor killed defending a bridge

- 'Break the news to mother gently'
- 'Tha can get used ta owt'
- Royal Engineers are the bravest of the brave

- Discordant note at baths opening
- Clampdown on u-12s working hours
- Unions demand pay increases to counter prices
- To talk of peace is 'criminal folly'
- Poor rate set to increase
- Bishop extolls virtue of self-sacrifice
- Heart-breaking letter for 9 year old Louie
- Glimpses of life in the trenches
- Authorities struggle to contain tuberculosis
- Council bid farewell to Manor House
- Military dependants find a home
- Battered wife wins separation order
- Women urged to register for work
- Absence of Christianity caused the war
- Only one postal delivery on Good Friday
- POW unaware that he is a widow
- Illuminated tram used in recruiting drive
- Letters home reveal hopes, fears and needs

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