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Covering the villages of Wilsden and Harecroft
19th January – 25th January 1915

This Week in 1915

19th January – The first German bombing raid on Britain, when two zeppelins attack along the Norfolk coast. Four civilians are killed, two in Yarmouth and two in Kings Lynn.

24th January - The Battle of Dogger Bank. The British Navy intercepts and traps a squadron of German cruisers in the North Sea. Although a German ship, the SMS Blücher, was rapidly crippled, poor communication and gunnery by the Royal Navy allowed the rest of the Germans to escape unscathed. The SMS Blücher fought on, putting two British ships out of action before sinking with the loss of 800 sailors. Although it was an unconvincing victory, in the British press is was presented as a great national triumph – and lessons about communication and about the use of naval guns were not learned, at great cost to the Royal Navy a year later at Jutland.

19th January - 25th January 1915Highland Pipers recruiting – from the Keighley News, 23rd 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)

Askwith, R. (ed.) A History of the Great War in 100 Moments

 

5th January – 11th January 1915

This Week in 1915

January 5th - At a meeting of the British War Council, Lord Kitchener suggested that “the Dardanelles appeared to be a suitable objective, as an attack here could be made in conjunction with the fleet”. This assault, it was hoped, would relieve pressure on British allies Russia, as well as potentially allowing a ‘back-door’ into Germany. It is the first official recording of the plans to attack at Gallipoli.

A Recruiting Revival

“The end of the holiday season has seen a marked improvement in recruiting both generally and locally. There is no doubt that the German raid on our coast towns has had the reverse effect to what the German authorities hoped for. If it resulted in momentary alarm, it has none the less resulted also in a permanent stiffening of the national attitude … Last week saw a larger number of men join the forces from Keighley that during any week for the last two months or more, and last Tuesday brought a bigger influx of recruits than for any day of the last week of the old year”

- The Keighley News, 9th 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)

 

 

29th December 1914 - 4th January 1915

This week in 1914-1915

“Sister Susie’s sewing shirts for soldiers

Such skill at sewing shirts our shy young sister Susie shows

Some soldiers send epistles

Say they’d rather sleep on thistles

Than the saucy, soft, short shirts for soldiers sister Susie sews”

- Tongue-twister popular in the trenches, winter 1914-15

  • January 1st – The British battleship HMS Formidable is sunk by a German U-Boat whilst on manoeuvres in the English Channel


“CHRISTMAS CONDITIONS IN KEIGHLEY

The shadow of the Great War prevented the Christmas of 1914 from being exactly a merry one, and in Keighley, as in most other places, the festival was celebrated in rather a quieter fashion perhaps than usual”

29th December 1914 - 4th January 1915
- Both taken from the Keighley News, 2nd 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)