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

September 18

York Press: The Way We Were - zxc

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.

September 17

York Press: The Way We Were - zxc

9:29am Wednesday 17th September 2014

100 years ago: OUR British allies had, as everyone knew, two main preoccupations – to be able to shave and to have tea. No danger deterred them from their allegiance to the razor and the teapot.

September 16

York Press: The Way We Were - zxc

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.

September 15

York Press: The Way We Were - zxc

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.

September 13

York Press: The Way We Were - zxc

10:11am Saturday 13th September 2014

100 years ago: Stories of heroism displayed by British troops were reported in the news.

September 12

York Press: The Way We Were - zxc

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...

September 11

York Press: The Way We Were - zxc

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.”

September 10

York Press: The Way We Were - zxc

11:05am Wednesday 10th September 2014

100 years ago: PRINCESS Mary, with the approval of her Majesty the Queen, had become patron of the League of Young Patriots.

September 9

York Press: The Way We Were - zxc

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.

September 8

York Press: The Way We Were - zxc

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...

September 6

York Press: The Way We Were - zxc

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

September 5

York Press: The Way We Were - zxc

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.

September 4

York Press: The Way We Were - zxc

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.

September 3

York Press: The Way We Were - zxc

10:37am Wednesday 3rd September 2014

100 years ago: Paris, Wednesday: For the fourth day in succession, Paris was visited by a German aeroplane, which circled over the city for 20 minutes between five and six o’clock.

September 2

York Press: The Way We Were - zxc

11:58am Tuesday 2nd September 2014

100 years ago: MR Harry Hancock, an electrical engineer, who had just returned from Antwerp, where he was during the Zeppelin bombardment, gave the following account:

September 1

York Press: The Way We Were - zxc

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.

August 30

York Press: The Way We Were - zxc

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.

August 29

York Press: The Way We Were - zxc

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

York Press: The Way We Were - zxc

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

York Press: The Way We Were - zxc

9:57am Wednesday 27th August 2014

100 years ago

August 26

York Press: The Way We Were - zxc

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

York Press: The Way We Were - zxc

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

York Press: The Way We Were - zxc

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

York Press: The Way We Were - zxc

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

York Press: The Way We Were - zxc

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

York Press: The Way We Were - zxc

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

York Press: The Way We Were - zxc

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

York Press: The Way We Were - zxc

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

York Press: The Way We Were - zxc

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

York Press: The Way We Were - zxc

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

York Press: The Way We Were - zxc

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

York Press: The Way We Were - zxc

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

York Press: The Way We Were - zxc

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

York Press: The Way We Were - zxc

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

York Press: The Way We Were - zxc

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

York Press: The Way We Were - zxc

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

York Press: The Way We Were - zxc

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

York Press: The Way We Were - zxc

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

York Press: The Way We Were - zxc

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

York Press: The Way We Were - zxc

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

York Press: The Way We Were - zxc

9:44am Friday 1st August 2014

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

July 31

York Press: The Way We Were - zxc

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

York Press: The Way We Were - zxc

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

York Press: The Way We Were - zxc

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

York Press: The Way We Were - zxc

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

York Press: The Way We Were - zxc

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

York Press: The Way We Were - zxc

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

York Press: The Way We Were - zxc

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

York Press: The Way We Were - zxc

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

York Press: The Way We Were - zxc

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.


click2find


About cookies

We want you to enjoy your visit to our website. That's why we use cookies to enhance your experience. By staying on our website you agree to our use of cookies. Find out more about the cookies we use.

I agree