The events of October 1915
There were big changes at the Shipley Times & Express with new owners and a new editor promising to make the newspaper even better. One of the first changes was the dropping of national and agency stories with all the effort concentrated on local news. This, of course, continued to include the stories of local men who were serving at the front and it is interesting to read, along with the reports of heroism, lucky escapes and tragedies, a number of soldiers wrote home about how the war was affecting the local civilian population in France or Belgium. There were also a number of stories of Shipley men who, having emigrated, came back to fight for their country. At home there were urgent calls for more volunteers, including a plea from the king, and it was becoming clear that unless more men stepped forward conscription would not be far behind. And with more and more men going off to war, that left increased work for women to do both at home and in the workplace and there were signs that they were not only taking on the extra tasks willingly but enjoying the chance to show what they were capable of. 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 generally devoted to events and life in the Shipley district with the other telling some of the stories of the men at the front.
1 October 1915
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- Windhill vicar writes from the Front Line - Letters home from “Eccleshill Road” - Serving men condemn striking miners
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- New-look Times & Express - Following the latest American fashion - What to do in the garden this week
- 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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- No tuition fees for young refugees - Window cleaner charged with manslaughter - Cinemas mean fewer Tide sideshows
- 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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- Poignant letter written day soldier died - ‘I thought it was my last spell on earth’ - Wounded soldier visited by the king
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8 October 1915
- Windhill vicar writes from the Front Line - Letters home from “Eccleshill Road” - Serving men condemn striking miners
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- Smartest boy in class returns home - Women starting to feel their power - ‘Mary’ to supply power to the Mill
- 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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- Killed after just two days in the trenches - Civilian distress shames ‘shirkers’ at home - POWs give the view from the other side
- Returning home to join brothers in arms - Soldier’s contempt for shirkers back home - Volunteers dig trenches at Thackley tunnel
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15 October 1915
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- Rare glimpse of 19C Baildon - Brilliant cornetist takes on new role - Why ‘Tommy Atkins’?
- Volunteer or face conscription - Persuasive Scot makes an impact - Commission for ‘Cpl Lance’
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- Pte Parish’s persistence pays off - Following in father’s soldierly footsteps - Drummer Pocock’s narrow escape
22 October 1915
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- Teenager killed cleaning his machine - Aussie hero finds his English family - Shortage of working class homes in Shipley
- Saltaire’s oldest resident unimpressed - Owd Abe on the pleasures of smoking - Ellis Denby opposes conscription
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- At Titanic launch, helped build Alhambra - Windhill man gave pal shirt off his back - ‘It felt like the kick of a mule’
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29 October 1915
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- Relief funding crisis - Schools go half time to help recruiting - New bath times for overtime workers
- Women who are doing their bit - Fined for playing football - Concern over infectious disease outbreak
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- Third postman among casualties - Crowds turn out in Shipley to watch             Tommy go off to war