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Covering the villages of Wilsden and Harecroft
9th February - 15th February 1915

This Week in 1915

The Saxons here [on the Western Front] are not at all anxious to continue the war. They put up a notice on their trenches a little north of us, saying: “We are Saxons, you are Anglo-Saxons. Keep your bullets for the Prussians, who relieve us to-night.” Afterwards, they sat on the outside of the parapets smoking, and declined to go back until bullets were fired over their heads”.

- Captain Armitage, 2nd Worcestershires, letter reported in the
Keighley News, 13th February 1915


The Sale of Impure Milk

Sutcliffe Driver, farmer, of Storr Hill Farm, Wilsden, was at the Bradford City Police Court on Tuesday fined 10s. and costs on each of two summonses for selling contaminated milk. Evidence was given that on two occasions milk sold by the defendant contained fluid dirt to the extent of nine grains and eight grains per pint respectively.

         The defendant, who seemed greatly agitated, stated that he had sold milk for thirty years and this was the first complaint against him … and he was very sorry if by any accident any dirt had got into the milk…

The Stipendiary Magistrate said that it was in recognition of the long time that the defendant had sold milk without complaint that only a small fine was imposed.

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Keighley News, 13th February 1915

 

Sources

Simkins, P, Jukes, G & Hickey, M The First World War: The War to End All Wars

Gilbert, M First World War

Keighley News Archives (accessed via Bradford libraries website)

Chronicle of the 20th Century

 

 

2nd February - 8th February 1915

This Week in 1915

3rd February –
A Turkish attempt to cross the Suez Canal is fought off by Indian troops and the Royal Navy. Two hundred Turkish soldiers are killed, and another seven hundred are taken prisoner.

4th February – In Bosnia, the conspirators who assassinated Archduke Franz Ferdinand are executed. However, Gavrilo Princip, the man who pulled the trigger, is spared, as he was under age when he shot the Archduke and Duchess

“THE NEW VICAR OF WILSDEN

The Rev. Francis Doherty, D.D., vicar of Holy Trinity, Skirbeck, in the diocese of Lincoln, has been appointed to the benefice of Wilsden Parish Church”

- From the Keighley News, 6th February 1915

- Reverend Doherty took over from Reverend Beanland, whose son, Wilfred, was killed in action in August 1915. Wilfred is one of the men commemorated on the Wilsden war memorial

 

Sources

Simkins, P, Jukes, G & Hickey, M The First World War: The War to End All Wars

Gilbert, M First World War

Keighley News Archives (accessed via Bradford libraries website)

Chronicle of the 20th Century

 

 

26th January - 1st February 1915

This Week in 1915

27th January – In honour of the German Kaiser’s birthday, British artillery fire in salute a volley 21 shells at the German trenches

30th January – The first British Merchant ship to be torpedoed without warning was sunk in the mouth of the Mersey. Along with the previous week’s Zeppelin raids, this marked a distinct step up in the German campaign of targeting non-military sites, and signalled the German intention to blockade all forms (and nationalities) of shipping from the British Isles.

26th January - 1st February 1915

- The Keighley News, 30th January 1915

Sources

Brown, M The Imperial War Museum book of the Western Front

Gilbert, M First World War

Keighley News Archives (accessed via Bradford libraries website)