Romanovs Face Restrictions
The Russian Royal family was now being held in the former governor’s mansion in Tobolsk. They were now reduced to surviving on soldier’s rations. Butter and coffee were forbidden and they had to part with their eleven servants.
Calgarian Sunk Near Rathlin
This eight decked ship of 18,000 tons could hold one thousand passengers and shortly after the outbreak of war was taken over as an armed merchant cruiser. Close to the island of Rathlin, involved in escorting about thirty ships, the
Earnest Blythe Arrested Near
He was born into Church of Ireland family in County Antrim and at the age of fifteen began employment in the Department of Employment in Dublin. Three years later he became a member of the Irish Republican Brotherhood. He served as an
He was arrested near
Strike by the city’s Cornmill Workers Ended
This had begun on 25th February which directly involved over forty workers and it ended this day.
Treaty of Brest-Litovsk
This dramatic event ended Russian involvement in the war. The peace talks had taken three months to conclude and there were severe terms for Russia. Russia was forced to pay six billion marks in compensation. The boundary changes included the Baltic States being ceded to Germany and Russia lost about 90% of its
C.R.W. Nevinson’s War Painting, Paths of Glory
Christopher Richard Wynne Nevinson was a British figure and landscape painter who was one of the most famous war artists in the First World War. At the outbreak of the
Nevison had been commissioned by The Ministry of Information, a government department which had been established with responsibility for publicity and propaganda. ‘Paths of Glory ‘depicted two dead soldiers face down
Nevinson was reprimanded by the War Office for exhibiting a censored image and for using the word ‘censored’ in public without official
Cargo Ship Sunk in Culdaff Bay
The S.S. Castle Eden was a
Just over ten days later, U-110 was attacked by H.M.S Michael and H.M.S Moresby and sent to the bottom of the Atlantic
Death of John Redmond
John Redmond had a long political career and in 1891 he succeeded Charles Stewart Parnell as the leader of the Irish Parliamentary Party. For many years he campaigned for Home Rule for Ireland and as
Clash Between the Military and Soldiers at Patrickswell, County Limerick
The pipe band with Volunteers clashed with soldiers of the Welch Fusiliers. In the
UB-123 Leaves Germany, Bringing Death in the Autumn to the Irish Sea
This German submarine was responsible for the sinking of the M.V. Leinster in October 1918.U- 123 sailed through the Kiel Canal, out into the Baltic and into the North Sea. The captain was twenty-
German Bomb in London, Famous Lyricist Killed
A German bomb weighing over two thousand pounds demolished four houses in Maida Vale. Among those killed was the United States born Lena Guilbert
Cork Registered Ship sunk Off Wales
The S.S. Kenmare was sailing from Liverpool to Cork with
Newspapers Reflect on the Passing of John Redmond
The Northern Whig stated, ‘The regret of his passing is not confined to one political party and it is no less sincere in Ulster than elsewhere. We differed immensely from Mr. Redmond on public questions but we always found that no matter how strongly he advocated his own views he did so like a gentleman. The Empire loses a great practical imperialist.’
The Irish Independent said,’ Regret will be felt by the Irish race the world over and also by members of other races who
The Northern Whig declared,’Like every other nationalist leader, he ended his career deserted by his supporters. Death has relieved him of
Strike in the City of Drapery Assistants Ends
This strike involving over twenty drapery assistants had begun on 18th February.
First Official Record of Spanish Flu in
This was the greatest medical holocaust in history. It has been estimated that up to one hundred million people lost their lives. The first official record of influenza was recorded as having broken out in a British camp in Etapes in North-East France, where over one hundred thousand soldiers were based. The camp here was the largest British military base on the Western Front.
Attack on the Midlands
Five German airships launched an attack on the English Midlands. Two bombs fell harmlessly in the sea and Hull was bombed but little damage caused.
Attack on Hartlepool by Zepplins
In the First World
Under cover of darkness on 13th March, a Zepplin flying silently at high altitude approached the town. A number of bombs were dropped and eight people were killed and twenty-two were injured, mostly by flying glass.
Passenger Ship Sunk Off Malin Head
RMS Amazon was a
Later that day the German submarine was attacked with depth charges by HMS. Michael and H.M.S. Moreby. Nine of the forty-eight crew of the submarine were rescued.
Local Man Loses Life in First World War
Robert G. Spratt served as a corporal in the Royal Dublin Fusiliers.
Germany Launches Spring Offensive
Airships Deployed Over the Channel Ports
German airships bombed Calais, Dunkirk, Boulogne and they also attacked railway lines and stations.
Fifteen Derrymen Lost in the Great War
David Adams served as a sergeant in the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers.
John L. Coyle served as a lance corporal in the Royal Irish Regiment.
He was declared as missing and there was
5, Rossville Street, Derry, 31st July 1919.
Sir, the deceased soldier No. 2854 Lance Corporal John Coyle 7th Batallion Royal Irish Regiment who was my brother made no statement to me at any time or in any place regarding the disposal of his effects. Furthermore, I know of no person to whom he made a statement. I can only say I saw his will which was written in his small book on one occasion in January 1917 when he was on leave from France. It was as follows,’ In the event of my death, I leave all to my mother Annie Coyle.’ This is the only information I can give on this matter.’
Charles O’Neill, D.L., L’Derry 31st July 1919
On 11th July
William V. Crockett served in the Royal Irish Regiment.
His informal will was written on 22nd January 1918 and he was killed in France. His mother was Mrs. Annie Crockett of 29 Glasgow Terrace, Londonderry. The War Office processed his will on 8th February 1920, just over two years after his death.
John Doherty served as a private in the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers.
Patrick Doherty served as a private in the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers.
Charles H. Dooley served as a lance corporal in the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers.
James Dunn served as a private in the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers.
Robert Graham served as a rifleman in the Royal Irish Rifles.
William McDowell served
Thomas Mahon served as a private in the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers.
William Munn served in the same regiment.
Alexander Reid served in the same regiment.
Robert Reid served in the Royal Dublin Fusiliers.
John Shiels served in the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers.
William A. Wilkinson served as a 2nd Lieutenant in the same regiment.
Sixteen Local Men Were Lost in the Great War
Charles Brown served as a private in the same regiment.
James E. Campbell served as a private in the same regiment.
George R. Cargill served as a stoker in the Royal Navy.
On the first anniversary of his death in March 1918, his family placed the following lines in a local newspaper.
‘A face still loved, so sadly missed,
His smile that was so bright;
He was so thoughtful, good, and kind,
Time cannot blot him from our mind.’
Thomas Gilmore served as a private in the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers.
On the first anniversary of his death in 1919 his family inserted the following lines in a local paper.
‘With his comrades he is sleeping
On that battlefield of fame
Waiting for the bugle sounding
To recall them once again.
To duty, stern, he did respond,
His youthful life he gave;
He died a fearless soldier’s death,
And fills an honoured grave.’
James M. Glenn served as a private in the same regiment.
John Hamilton served as a lance corporal in the same regiment.
His informal will was written in March 1916 and the War Office reported that he was killed on or since 22nd March 1918. His will was processed by the War Office on 25th March 1920, just over two years after his death. In his
The Hamilton family of Eglinton had to survive the remainder of their lives in the knowledge that they had lost a family member in the Great War.
James H. Jackson served as a sergeant in the same regiment.
Andrew R. Mc Carter served as a private in the same regiment.
David McCarter served as a private in the same regiment.
William McClay served as a corporal in the same regiment.
William C.E. McConnell served as a sapper in the Royal Engineers.
Thomas Parkhill served as a private in the same regiment.
Joseph Stevenson served as a private in the same regiment.
Henry N. Thompson served as a 2nd Lieutenant in the same regiment.
John Fannon served as a private in the same regiment. His Informal will was dated 23rd November 1915
The Fannon and Mc Morris families had to survive the remainder of their lives in the knowledge that they had lost a loved one in the Great War.
Private Alexander Gourley, aged twenty-five, served in the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers. He was from Ballyarton near Claudy.
Giant German Gun Attacks Paris
The ‘Paris Gun’ or Kaiser Wilheim Geschutz was manufactured by the German arms manufacturer Krupp and were given this name as they were
Germans Reach the Somme with an Air Battle Over the Area
German forces in their advance now reach the River Somme. A great air battle involving over seventy aircraft took place over the area.
Green on Green, Royal Naval Submarine Sunk at Lynn Peninsula
Off the Lynn
Four Local Men Lost in the Great War
John Duggan served as a private in the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers. His will was dated 7th May 1917 and was processed by the War Office on 16th October 1918, about seven months after his death. In his
Duggan, 4 St Columb’s Street, Londonderry, Ireland. The Duggan family had to survive the rest of their lives knowing that they had lost a relative in the Great War.
Orbituary in Local Paper
Shortly after John Duggan’s
‘A light is from our household gone,
A voice we loved is still;
A place is vacant in our home,
Which never can be filled.’
Robert Hamilton served as Company Sergeant Major in the same regiment.
George F. Healy served as a rifleman in the Post Office Rifles.
John J. Quigley served as a private in the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers.
Two Local Men Lost in the Great War
Henry Clifford served as a rifleman in the Royal Irish Rifles.
Joseph Collins served as a rifleman in the same regiment.
Newspaper Reports on General Strike in Ireland
In the Evening Telegraph, the article on the general strike declared,’ In the whole record of Ireland’s connection with England, there has been no demonstration so unanimous, so effective and so dramatic.’
Local Man Lost in the Great War
James S. Patton served as a lance corporal in the Royal Scots Fusiliers.
Frenchman Appointed Supreme Allied Commander
Marshal Ferdinand Foch was appointed supreme commander on the Western Front. He joined the French infantry during the Franco-Prussian War. With French and British armies in danger of
Local Men Lost in the Great War
William Simms served as a private in the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers.
William J. Thompson served as a lieutenant in the same regiment.
Local Men Lost in the Great War
Ernest Boyd served as a corporal in the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers.
Robert Dolan served as a Regimental Sergeant Major. in the same regiment.
‘O Blessed Mother Mary,
On him your prayers extol,
O, Sacred Heart of Jesus,
Have mercy on his soul.’
John McDonald served as a corporal in the Liverpool Regiment.
William Molloy served as a private in the Leinster Regiment.
Anti-Conscription riots In Canada, Danger of Civil War
At the outbreak of the First World War over three hundred thousand Canadians volunteered for the war in Europe. French Canadians were reluctant to enlist, one reason being that they felt that they had been abandoned by France.
However, with the relentless toll of war and increasing number of casualties, Prime Minister Sir Robert Borden declared that conscription would be introduced. Eight of the English-speaking provinces were in support but French-speaking Quebec opposed it.
By the end of the
German Attack on Arras
‘Kaiserchlacht ‘began at twenty minutes to five in the morning. It involved the use of six thousand guns and in five hours over one million shells were fired.
By twenty minutes to ten in the
The Germans began an assault on the British Third Army at Arras but were repulsed. The Germans had initially taken an area devastated in 1916 during The Battle of The Somme. Each side lost a quarter of a million men.
A Local Man Lost in the Great War
John Downs lost his life in the Great War. He had served as a drummer in the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers.
He completed an informal will
Miss Florence Downs, possibly a sister, had to survive the remainder of her life in the knowledge that she had lost a brother in the Great War.
A Local Man Lost in the Great War
John Gilliland served as a private in the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers. Shortly after receiving the news of his death, his wife and children who lived in Cuthbert Street had the following lines placed in a local paper.
‘God holds the key, He knows the way,
He guides us with unerring hand;
Some time with tearless eyes we’ll see,
Up there some time we’ll understand.
None but those who have lost are able to tell
The pain of the heart at not saying farewell.’
A Local Man Lost in The Great War
Robert Reid served as a private in the Royal Dublin Fusiliers.
Shortly after Robert Reid’s death, members of his family inserted the following lines in a local paper.
‘Though link by link is broken
And tears unseen do fall,
Look up, amid thy sorrows,
To God, who knoweth all.’
A Recipient of Victoria Cross
Lieutenant-Colonel William Anderson was born in Fife in 1881 and served in the Highland Light Infantry. He died as a result of the action for which he was commended. His citation reads,’ For most conspicuous bravery, determination, and gallant leading of his command. The enemy attacked
effort succeeded in gathering the remainder of the two right companies. He personally the
German offensive Halted
This was halted at the River Scarpe with heavy losses inflicted on the Germans
Local Men Lost in the Great War
Andrew Christie of Killaloo served as a private in the same regiment.
He was killed in France
William J. Davis served as a private in the same regiment.
His informal will was
William A. Lappin served as a private in the same regiment.
Robert McGovern served as a private in the same regiment.
A Local Man lost in The Great War
A Local Man Lost in the Great War
Robert Arbuckle served as a sergeant in the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers.
Churchill Supports the Extension of Conscription to Ireland
This month Winston Churchill gave his support to the Chief of The Imperial General Staff, Sir Henry Wilson, in his desire to extend conscription to Ireland. At the time Churchill was unaware of the growing support for Sinn Fein. Later Churchill wrote,’ The question of Irish conscription was handled in such a fashion that we had the worst of both worlds, all the resentment against compulsion and in the end no law and no men.’