A daily look back at the news making the headlines 100, 50 and 25 years ago.
2:46pm Wednesday 1st October 2014
100 years ago: The Archbishop of York wrote: “During the last month we have learned three things more clearly and each should be a spur to action. The first is that Germany might have at the last moment secured peace and that she insisted on war.
2:47pm Tuesday 30th September 2014
100 years ag:o THE development of the German attack on the Belgian army had continued the previous day with heavy fire on the forts of Antwerp at Waelhem and Catherine St Wavre, siege artillery being used.
11:01am Saturday 27th September 2014
2:41pm Friday 26th September 2014
12:43pm Wednesday 24th September 2014
100 years ago: Annie Constance Plumer wrote: “May I appeal through the columns of your newspaper to the women of the Empire residing in or about York to send socks or woollen belts to the soldiers at the front?
2:16pm Tuesday 23rd September 2014
9:15am Saturday 20th September 2014
100 years ago: The Postal and Telegraph Record, the weekly organ of the Postal Telegraph Service, in its current issue made grave charges of mismanagement at the Central Telegraph Office due, it was alleged, to the “chaotic staffing arrangements and the penny wise and pound foolish policy maintained with extraordinary tenacity.”
10:23am Thursday 18th September 2014
100 years ago: Lord Kitchener had made some important announcements in the House of Lords. “In response to the call for troops for the new army,” he said, “we have had a most remarkable demonstration of patriotism from the young men of this country.
9:29am Wednesday 17th September 2014
9:17am Wednesday 17th September 2014
100 years ago: After having two horses shot under him, Private Carter was wounded by a shrapnel shell which had struck his stirrup and a portion of it entered his foot. He was taken to a school which was being used as a hospital, and which already contained 20 wounded soldiers and an artillery officer.
9:16am Monday 15th September 2014
100 years ago: The president of The Yorkshire County Cricket Club wrote: “The Yorkshire County Cricket Club has been asked to do all in its power to help the formation of a cricketers' corps, which has now received the sanction of Lord Kitchener, provided that at least 1000 men are raised.
10:11am Saturday 13th September 2014
10:29am Friday 12th September 2014
100 years ago: THE French newspaper “Temps,” in a leading article said: “For a long time the marvellous qualities of the British soldier have been well-known, and they have been demonstrated anew in this rough campaign in a manner which imposes respect and excites in France a feeling of deep gratitude...
9:51am Thursday 11th September 2014
100 years ago: The Prime Minister, having received a copy of the “Yorkshire Herald” of the 8th of September containing the portraits of Mr and Mrs Calpin with their ten soldier and sailor sons, had intimated through his private secretary that he had received with satisfaction the interesting reference in the “Yorkshire Herald” to “a patriotic York family.”
11:05am Wednesday 10th September 2014
10:02am Tuesday 9th September 2014
100 years ago: THE current conflict was the most remarkable in modern history. A military correspondent pointed out that the numbers engaged, the perfection of the organised forces, the deadliness of the weapons employed, and the greatness of the issues at stake all combined to render this gigantic clash of arms famous above all others in the story of the nations.
9:16am Monday 8th September 2014
100 years ago: The Lord Mayor wrote: “We, the Lord Mayor and Magistrates and some representative women of the city of York, appeal to you men and women, old or young, you show your devotion to your city and country in its time of stress and peril by refraining from doing anything which will lessen the efficiency of the newly-recruited men, or make the new conditions in which they find themselves more difficult for them...
10:26am Saturday 6th September 2014
100 years ago: In a little humble cottage off Walmgate there resided a couple of whom the citizens of York should, it was stated, feel immensely proud and who furnished a bright example to the whole country
9:55am Friday 5th September 2014
100 years ago: THE Admiralty had issued the following announcement: “Parcels and packages of books, periodicals and clothing intended for the use of His Majesty’s Fleet will be conveyed free of charge over the British railways to naval ports provided they are dispatched and consigned direct by a properly-constituted and recognised organisation such as secretaries of branches of the Navy League and kindred bodies, recognised charitable organisations, or urban or parish councils.
10:37am Thursday 4th September 2014
100 years ago: An appeal in the Yorkshire Evening Press the previous night had brought home to the York public the picture of 1000 young recruits in the city suffering intolerable hardships, and bearing undue privations.
10:37am Wednesday 3rd September 2014
11:58am Tuesday 2nd September 2014
9:44am Monday 1st September 2014
100 years ago: Private A McGillivray, a Highlander, in a letter to his mother wrote: “Of my company only ten were unhit. I saw a handful of Irishmen throw themselves in front of a regiment of cavalry who were trying to cut off a battery of horse artillery. It was one of the finest deeds I ever saw.
10:51am Saturday 30th August 2014
100 years ago: WF Wailes-Fairbairn, Askham Grange, Askham Richard, wrote: “There are heaps of young fellows hanging about doing nothing but amuse themselves, who are to outward appearance fit to fight; I wish the women and girls would make a point of ostracising all such, and for very shame they would have to do their duty.
9:59am Friday 29th August 2014
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.
11:03am Tuesday 26th August 2014
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.
12:32pm Saturday 23rd August 2014
11:36am Friday 22nd August 2014
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.
10:17am Wednesday 20th August 2014
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.
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.
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.”
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.
10:50am Thursday 14th August 2014
10:16am Wednesday 13th August 2014
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.
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.
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...
8:16am Friday 8th August 2014
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.
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.”
9:01am Monday 4th August 2014
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.
9:44am Friday 1st August 2014
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.
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