German and Austrian Assaults
German forces carry out raids near Loos, Mencourt and
A Local Man Lost in the Great War
Joseph Mullen served as a private in the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers.
Londonderry Sentinel, Obituaries
The following obituaries and reflections were carried in the Sentinel on Tuesday 1st January 1918.
DEATH FROM WOUNDS
STOTT-Died from wounds received in action in France on 24th November 1917, Miles Stott, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers.
‘I little thought when I said goodbye
It would be the last parting between you and I,
I loved you in life, you are dear to me still,
But in grief I must bend to God’s holy will.’
Deeply regretted by his sorrowing wife and little son.
33, Wapping Lane, Londonderry.
McFarland-In loving remembrance of Private Andrew McFarland, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers (Derry Volunteers), killed in action 1st January 1917, and was interred in St. Quentin Cabaret Cemetery.
‘O God of love, O King of Peace,
Make war throughout this world to cease;
The wrath of sinful man restrain; Give peace, O Lord, give peace again.’
Deeply regretted by his sorrowing Father and Mother, Sisters and Brothers.
39, Lower Bennett Street, Londonderry.
The Sentinel, The Passing of The Old Year
The year 1917, with its long list of terrible tragedies all over the world and its memorable deeds of heroism on many battlefields, which have never been surpassed in the annals of the British nation, has passed away. Its history, one might almost say, has been written in blood and its memory saturated with the tears of countless mourners.
Christ Church, Londonderry
There were the usual watch night services in several of the city churches. Rev. Canon MacQuaide, M.A., preached an earnest and impressive sermon to a large congregation in Christ Church. There were also special services in St. Augustine’s, the Methodist, and other churches, which were well attended. At about a quarter to twelve (
‘The New Year finds the nations at war, without any immediate prospect of peace coming to a distracted world. There is not a little peace talk, and it cannot be denied that by large numbers in all the belligerent countries, and also all the neutral countries, the hope is fondly cherished that perchance some of it may lead to peace
Pay Rise for Local Employees
Royal Air Force Raid on Mannheim
A raid on this city lasted from nine o’clock at night until quarter to ten. Three bombs were dropped which did minimum damage. The German authorities estimated that it cost approximately two pounds to repair a telephone line.
Concern in Britain over ‘An Unequal War’
The Ministry of Labour informed the war cabinet that there was
Fear of Inflation and Higher Food Prices in Ireland
The Wexford People expressed concern that there was
Recently Discovered Security File, Instructions to R.I.C Officers
The War at Sea, Sailing Ship Sunk Off County Down
A German U-boat of The First World War
The sailing ship Otto was captured by U91 off St. John’s Point, County Down. This German submarine had taken part in eight patrols and sank thirty-seven ships, total tonnage lost was 87,119.
Lloyd George’s Speech on War Aims
Following a cabinet meeting, the prime minister delivered this speech at a trade union meeting at Caxton Hall
He continued,’ When men by the million are being called upon to suffer and to die, and vast populations are being subjected to the sufferings and privations of war on a scale unprecedented in the history of the world, they are entitled to know for what cause or causes they are making the sacrifice. It is only the clearest, greatest and justest of causes that can justify the continuance even for one day of this unspeakable agony of the nations, and we ought to be able to state clearly and definitely, not only the principles for which we are
We have arrived at the most critical hour in this terrible conflict, and before any government takes the fateful decision as to the conditions under which it ought either to terminate or continue the struggle, it ought to be satisfied that the conscience of the nation is behind these conditions, for nothing else can sustain the effort which is necessary to achieve a righteous end to this war.’
Griffith on the Power of Sinn Fein
The strength of Sinn Fein was praised by Arthur Griffith. ‘Sinn Fein is the dominant vital force in Irish national life. It draws its strength not from party exigencies or incidental convulsions of current events, but from the re-awakened consciousness of the national mind.’
A Local Man Lost in the Great War
John Todd served as a sergeant in the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers.
Strike in the Shipyard
A strike had begun on 1st January of platers’ helpers and labourers, a strike which directly had involved about forty men.
The King’s Proclamation on The War
This day was appointed by
TO MY PEOPLE – ‘The world-wide struggle for the triumph of right and liberty is entering upon its last and most difficult phase. The enemy is striving by desperate assaults and subtle intrigue to perpetuate the wrongs already committed and stem the tide of a free civilisation. We have yet to complete the great task to which, more than three years ago, we dedicated ourselves.
At such a time I would call upon you to devote a special day to
I therefore hereby appoint January 6th to be set aside as a day of prayer and thanksgiving in all the churches throughout my
President Wilson Launches His ‘Fourteen Points’
The President of the United States gave a speech on the objectives of the American nation. He declared that the United State’s objectives were to ‘vindicate the principles of peace and justice in the life of the world.’ The main points were
- the abolition of secret treaties
- reduction in armaments
- adjustments to colonial claims
- the freedom of the seas
- self-determination for national minorities
- the establishment of a world organisation, The League of Nations, which would guarantee the territorial integrity of nations.
German Rejection of Wilson’s Plan
The almost immediate German response to President Wilson’s plan was one of rejection. After the collapse of Russia, the Germans felt that they were now in a stronger position of victory on the Western Front.
Pit Disaster North Staffordshire
The Minnie Pit was one of the most profitable coal mines in North Staffordshire. On a Saturday morning there was a huge explosion and within minutes one hundred and fifty men and boys were killed, from the effects of the explosion, from roof falls and from inhaling poisonous gases.
Two Royal Navy Ships run aground Orkney
In June 1916 H.M.S. Hampshire struck a mine here and at least six hundred of the crew lost their lives. Also killed was the British Commander-in-Chief Lord Kitchener.
After this loss, Royal Navy strategy was altered, deploying smaller ships such as H.M.S Opal and H.M.S. Narborough to hunt down German minelayers and submarines. In stormy
Warship Sinks in Storm near Malin Head
H.M.S. Racoon was a
English seaside Town Attacked by German Navy
Great Yarmouth was attacked by the German navy. This was the fifth time that the seaside town had been attacked by the Germans. At five minutes to eleven in the darkness, the town was lit up by a star shell which had been fired by a German ship far out at sea.
Attack on steelworks Near Metz
Steelworks were attacked at Thionville, a town between Luxembourg and Metz. A
Arrival of Submarines from the United States
Seven American submarines had sailed across the Atlantic Ocean by way of the Azores. They were to be based in Cork and their mission was to attack U-boats which were engaged in attacking shipping and also to attack them on the surface as they re-charge their batteries. These submarines were based in Berehaven.
Riots in Vienna and Budapest
There were riots in the two cities as Austro-Hungarians took to the streets to express mounting dissatisfaction with the progress of the war.
Strike among Shipyard Workers on the Strand Road
A strike of platers and
Irish Steamship Sunk off Wales
The Irish steamship ‘Corb‘with a hit by a torpedo off Anglesey. All twelve crew lost their lives.
Manx Society in
The Buffalo Branch in the United States donated £66 to the Manx Disabled Soldiers and Sailors Fund.
Reflection on the South Armagh By-Election
Ocean Liner Sunk Off Rathlin
The Andania was a
Another Ship Sunk Off Angelsey
The ‘Ehhelina’ of 13,000 tons was the largest cargo ship to be sunk off the Welsh coast. She was taking iron ore from Spain to Barrow-in Furness when it was sunk by U-103 with the loss of twenty- six men. Between January 1918 and the Armistice, eighteen ships were sunk off the Welsh coast.
U-103 completed five tours and sank eight ships, totalling 15,462 tons. On 12th May
German Raids over London
Nine airships took part in raids over London and one was shot down. Sixty-seven people were killed and one hundred and sixty-six were injured. As the airships approached, marrons were fired as a warning and fourteen people were tragically killed in a stampede to reach
Civil War Breaks Out in Finland
Another German Raid on London
This was the second night of
A Local Man Lost in the Great War
Louis A. Cattley served as a Marconi operator in the Mercantile Marine.
Royal Naval Ships Collide off Scotland, Over One Hundred Killed
About forty ships of the Royal Navy sailed from Rosyth bound for exercises at Scapa Flow. To avoid attracting German U-boats, each vessel only displayed a dim stern light and radio silence was observed. As the submarines passed May Island, lights of possible minesweeping trawlers were observed which resulted in ships altering courses with fatal consequences. Within an hour, two submarines had been sunk, four submarines damaged and H.M.S. Fearless had been damaged.
In total, one hundred and four men lost their lives in an event and much of the information about the subsequent investigation and
Local Man Lost in the Great War
Robert Arbuckle, a member of Ebrington Presbyterian Church, served as a sergeant in the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers. Shortly after his
‘Oh, could I hear his voice once more,
And see his loving smile,
The one that would my heart still cheer,
But I must wait awhile.
A sudden change, at God’s command he fell,
He had no chance to bid his friends farewell.
Affliction came, without warning given,
And bid him haste to meet his God in Heaven,
He died that we might live.’