A daily look back at the news making the headlines 100, 50 and 25 years ago.

August 29

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9:59am Friday 29th August 2014

100 years ago: AMONG the injured of the British Expeditionary Force who had arrived at Charing Cross, London, by the Continental boat train, was a soldier in the King’s Own Lancashire Regiment.

August 28

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9:23am Thursday 28th August 2014

100 years ago: WITH regard to Army Reservists, Territorials, and Volunteers in the railway service who had joined the Colours, it was announced that the railway companies had arranged to supplement the Army pay and allowance in such a manner that the families would be maintained in circumstances which should avoid hardship during the absence of the breadwinner of the family.

August 27

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9:57am Wednesday 27th August 2014

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August 26

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11:03am Tuesday 26th August 2014

100 years ago: The German Zeppelin which had raided Antwerp had evidently taken advantage of it being very dark that night and, therefore, suitable for making a sudden raid.

August 25

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8:41am Monday 25th August 2014

100 years ago: Mr Alan Ostler, the “Express” correspondent wrote from a French Station, the name of which was not disclosed: “A troop train had just drawn up at the far end of an isolated platform, and from it embarked wounded British hussars and captive German cuirassiers. One of the British soldiers told of his encounter with the German cuirassiers.

August 23

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12:32pm Saturday 23rd August 2014

100 years ago: The special correspondent of the “Nieuwe Rotterdamache Courant” at Maestricht reported that the situation of the inhabitants of Liège continued to be very critical.

August 22

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11:36am Friday 22nd August 2014

100 years ago: A war contribution of eight million sterling had been imposed by Germany upon the city of Brussels.

August 21

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9:41am Thursday 21st August 2014

100 years ago: GREAT disappointment had been caused throughout the whole of the pigeon racing circles of the country by the action of the railway companies in refusing to carry fanciers’ birds to the race marking station at Birmingham, in view of the national event which was to be flown from Swindon.

August 20

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10:17am Wednesday 20th August 2014

100 years ago: HIS Holiness Pope Pius X had died at the Vatican, Rome, in the early hours of the morning.

August 19

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9:16am Tuesday 19th August 2014

100 years ago: A fortnight having elapsed since the promulgation of the new order requiring Germans in this country to register themselves with the police, the authorities had now declared to enforce the order to the full.

August 18

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8:05am Monday 18th August 2014

100 years ago: Reporting on the engagement which had taken place at Dinant, Belgium, a Times correspondent, who had been present during most of the fighting, remarked that the fire during the afternoon had often been very heavy.

August 16

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8:00am Saturday 16th August 2014

100 years ago: An official communiqué issued in Brussels said: “The story is going the round of the soldiers in the carbineers who have already made quite a lot of German prisoners, I do not like my rifle with me now, I go out with a slice of bread and butter, and they follow me.”

August 15

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9:33am Friday 15th August 2014

100 years ago: There were many very dramatic stories of spy capture. A citizen of Brussels, who was to go to the front, had offered himself as a spy catcher. He spoke German perfectly and had a pronounced German appearance.

August 14

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10:50am Thursday 14th August 2014

100 years ago: Householders in many districts were already receiving visits from the billeting officer, and many more would receive such visits.

August 13

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10:16am Wednesday 13th August 2014

100 years ago: York was adjusting itself to the existing war conditions with considerable effectiveness, and measures were being taken to maintain as nearly as possible a normal state of affairs.

August 12

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11:38am Tuesday 12th August 2014

100 years ago: The situation in York this morning had undergone little change from that of the past few days. There were scenes of military activity to which the citizens had now become accustomed, the same ceaseless round of work proceeding at the War Office, the depots, the barracks, and the railway stations.

August 11

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2:09pm Monday 11th August 2014

100 years ago: Earl Kitchener’s appeal for 160,000 men to constitute what was practically a second army with the slogan “Your King and Country Need You”, which had just been released, was meeting with a splendid and expanding response.

August 9

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9:34am Saturday 9th August 2014

100 years ago: Henry Rhodes Brown, Lord Mayor, wrote: “In consequence of military requirements, nearly half of the elementary school children of York are excluded from their schools for an indefinite period...

August 8

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8:16am Friday 8th August 2014

100 years ago: THE 1st Battalion of the East Yorkshire Regiment had left York the previous night, amid scenes of unparalleled enthusiasm.

August 6

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11:55am Wednesday 6th August 2014

100 years ago: THERE had been a stirring scene in the main thoroughfare of Scarborough at noon, when about 300 Reservists of the 20th Hussars marched through the crowded street on their way to the railway station, where a special train was awaiting them, for Colchester.

August 5

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10:50am Tuesday 5th August 2014

100 years ago: The following official announcement had been issued by the Foreign Office at 12.10am: “Owing to the summary rejection by the German Government of the request made by His Majesty’s Government for the assurance that the neutrality of Belgium will be respected, His Majesty’s Ambassador at Berlin has received his passport. His Majesty’s Government have declared to the German Government that a state of war exists between Great Britain and Germany as from 11pm on August 4th.”

August 4

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9:01am Monday 4th August 2014

100 years ago: ENGLAND’s attitude towards Germany, in view of the latter’s threatened violation of the neutrality of Belgium, had become of paramount importance

August 2

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10:39am Saturday 2nd August 2014

100 years ago: LONDON railway stations presented a strange scene of contrast. Thousands of English people, flying from the scenes of war, rubbed shoulders with as many thousands anxious to reach the front.

August 1

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9:44am Friday 1st August 2014

100 years ago: A HULL trawler’s skipper had had the shock of his life.

July 31

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11:28am Thursday 31st July 2014

100 years ago: “WE are ready.” In these words one of his Majesty’s Ministers had referred to the current condition of the forces of the Crown, and the various services on which their efficiency would depend in the event of war.

July 30

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10:02am Wednesday 30th July 2014

100 years ago: IN an interview Mr W Banks, of Messrs Banks and Co, provision dealers, Nessgate said: “This morning we had dozens of sides of bacon and hundreds of hams, but now at 3 o’clock we have cleared out every ounce of bacon, with the exception of just a few odd pieces; we have sold this morning well over 400 hams, whereas our usual morning sale is rarely more than 30 or 40.

July 29

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10:38am Tuesday 29th July 2014

100 years ago: The situation in Europe was one of tremendous tension and terrible possibilities, and there was no means of forecasting the course immediate events would take.

July 28

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9:09am Monday 28th July 2014

100 years ago: IT WAS war in Europe, today, not peace. Such was the message which came from Vienna.

July 26

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8:44am Saturday 26th July 2014

100 years ago: THE editorial today read: “The secret and motive of the assassination of the Austrian heir in the Bosnian capital have been dramatically disclosed in the extraordinary European crisis with which last week was brought to a close.

July 25

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8:59am Friday 25th July 2014

100 years ago A travelling sales agent visiting a large factory had made a bet with the manager that he would pick out all the married men among the employees.

July 24

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10:07am Thursday 24th July 2014

100 years ago: IN view of the scepticism displayed towards the ancient art of “water divining” it was interesting to hear of a successful experiment carried to a conclusion near Malton.

July 23

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9:40am Wednesday 23rd July 2014

100 years ago: The Weston (Bath) Parish Council had discussed the question of the recent depredations by wasps in the recreation ground.

July 22

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2:42pm Tuesday 22nd July 2014

100 years ago: The Coroner had given an unusual object lesson at a South Shields inquest on the body of a two-year-old child, John Matthews, who had set fire to his flannelette shirt while playing with matches, and died two hours afterwards.

July 21

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8:24am Monday 21st July 2014

100 years ago: An interesting ceremony had been performed at Hull when a number of almshouses, erected and endowed by Mr Christopher Pickering and given to the Hull Corporation for the aged poor, were opened by Mrs Pickering.

July 19

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8:47am Saturday 19th July 2014

100 years ago: Bull-baiting, a practice which had no legal sanction, but still in its day was an acknowledged custom, had been indulged in in York in days gone by.

July 18

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10:30am Friday 18th July 2014

100 years ago Harrogate Town Council had called a meeting to reconsider the question of flying from the Stray.

July 17

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8:35am Thursday 17th July 2014

100 years ago HER licence under the Cat and Mouse Act having expired, Mrs Pankhurst had been re-arrested as she was leaving a nursing home at Notting Hill, London, on a stretcher to speak as she had promised at Holland Park Hall.

July 16

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8:41am Wednesday 16th July 2014

100 years ago: At the York City Police Court, William Jackson was summoned for hawking herrings without a licence on July 7.

July 15

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8:16am Wednesday 16th July 2014

100 years ago: Reference to lost domestic arts had been made by the Lord Mayor of London at a prize distribution at the Orphan School, Brixton.

July 14

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11:51am Monday 14th July 2014

100 years ago Prince Arthur of Connaught had opened at Newport, Monmouthshire, the new lock of the Alexandra (Newport and South Wales) Docks and Railway Company, and formally inaugurated a great dock extension.

July 12

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9:08am Saturday 12th July 2014

100 years ago: SIR Joseph Sykes Rymer would shortly present to the city a jewel to be worn by the lord mayor of the city.

July 11

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12:39pm Friday 11th July 2014

100 years ago: There had never been a time in the history of the Port of Hull when the quays of the Victoria Dock, the principal dock for cargoes of wood, had been more crowded than in the case at the present moment.

July 10

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10:00am Thursday 10th July 2014

100 years ago: A “Moor Jock” sheep - one of a race bred on the Whitby Moors, and noted for their almost goat-like agility - had belted from a drove being driven by road from Seamer to Filey, and led its pursuers at a hot pace across country to the Filey Brigg headland, where, after bounding down the cliff side to an overhanging ledge, leapt clean down to the rock 40ft below.

July 9

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9:30am Wednesday 9th July 2014

100 years ago: THE members of the New Mills Urban District Council had been supplied with copies of a special report from the County Medical Officer of Health, Dr S Barwise, on the alleged insanitary conditions existing in the town, where a house-to-house inspection had recently been made.

July 8

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2:49pm Tuesday 8th July 2014

100 years ago: Tender amongst other things for bathing costumes had just been dealt with by a committee of the Scarborough Town Council.

July 7

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10:46am Monday 7th July 2014

100 years ago: Notwithstanding that the Metric System Act had been passed in 1897 legalising the use in trade of weights and measures of the metric system, not a single metric weight or measure other than those used for educational purposes had been examined and stamped under the metric system by the West Riding County Council staff during the year ended March 31st 1913.

July 5

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1:19pm Saturday 5th July 2014

100 years ago: Those who were interested in the development of the traffic on the River Ouse and the growth of the trade of York were practically unanimous in the opinion that Selby Toll Bridge was a serious hindrance to the York traffic.

July 4

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9:20am Friday 4th July 2014

100 years ago Sir Berkeley Moynihan, the well-known surgeon, opening a tuberculosis exhibition at the Leeds Town Hall under the auspices of the National Association for the Prevention of consumption, had recommended the boiling of milk intended for human consumption, and advocated an abundance of fresh air.

July 3

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10:15am Thursday 3rd July 2014

100 years ago: Councillor John E Gibbs wrote: “I notice an extract of the Streets and Buildings Committee’s minutes, to which I have called the attention of the Markets and Streets and Buildings Committee which concerns the excreta of the cattle lying about on the road, which was never properly cleared away, and left to dry and to be blown about as dust, which I expound is very injurious to health.

July 2

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10:16am Wednesday 2nd July 2014

100 years ago: THE results of tests carried out by a committee of doctors at the Dresden Health Exhibition, with a view of discovering the coolest form of headgear, had currently a topical interest.



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