Header Copy

Covering the villages of Wilsden and Harecroft

30th January – At 5.45am, the London Fire Brigade suffered their worst ever loss of life in any incident not attributable to war, when a blazing three-storey warehouse collapsed on the Albert Embankment. Seven firefighters were killed. Although the cause of the fire was unknown, it was believed to have been caused by rats gnawing through an electrical cable.


  • Image of the aftermath, taken from the London Fire Brigade website
1st February – Discontent was growing amongst the armed forces of more nations. Greek troops in the town of Lamia, about to be sent to the Salonika Front, mutinied. Two of their leaders were executed. On the same day, in the town of Kotor, in modern-day Montenegro, Austro-Hungarian sailors aboard ship also mutinied. Led by two Czech socialists, the 6,000 sailors raised the red flag and announced their adherence to Bolshevism. However, they sang the ‘Marseillaise’, not the ‘Internationale’, and their demands were closer to Woodrow Wilson’s peace initiatives than to any of Lenin’s decrees – They wanted national autonomy, immediate peace, no annexation of territory, demobilisation and better living conditions. The mutineers appealed for help to the Austrian army garrison in the port, as well as the German submarine crews also in the docks – however, this attempt to spread the mutiny was rebuffed. Austrian authorities sent three battleships to quell the disturbance. Eight hundred mutineers were taken off the ships, forty were sent to trial, and four executed.


Gilbert, M. First Word War

London Fire Brigade http://www.london-fire.gov.uk/news/LatestNewsReleases_LFB150-1918-fire-remains-darkest-day-for-brigade.asp