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Covering the villages of Wilsden and Harecroft

A Wilsden Military Tribunal

At a meeting of the West Riding Appeals Tribunal, held at Bradford on Wednesday, a firm of manufacturers appealed against the decision of the Wilsden Tribunal in respect of the exemption of a weaving overlooker, aged 27 years. The employers said that this was the only man who understood Jacquard and drop-box looms. His wages were 78s a week. In answer to the military representative, the employer said that he had tried his best to get another overlooker by advertising, but had failed. The secretary of the Overlookers’ Society said that the men in the trade were organised up to 100 per cent. He knew where every overlooker was in Bradford and district, and he could truly say there was not a single man available. Temporary exemption was granted to May 1.

- Keighley News, 2nd March 1918

3rd March – At 5 in the afternoon, the Russo-German peace treaty was signed at Brest-Litovsk. The Bolsheviks had accepted the harsh realities, and had ceded all claims to the Baltic provinces, Poland, White Russia (modern Belarus), Finland, Bessarabia, the Ukraine and the Caucasus. This comprised a third of Russia’s pre-war population, a third of her arable land, and nine-tenths of her coalfields – this was almost all the territory that had been added to Russia since the reign of Peter the Great more than two hundred years before. The Russians had also lost all their naval bases on the Black Sea except for Kronstadt; All their Black Sea fleet warships were to be disarmed and detained. 630,000 Austrian prisoners of war were to be immediately released. Finally, all the Armenian territory captured by the Russians since 1916 was to be transferred to Turkish control – Armenian soldiers fought against this decision but were crushed by Turkish troops sweeping eastwards.

Sources

Keighley News Archive (accessed via Bradford Libraries website)

Gilbert, M. First World War

 

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Round About Bingley

A First Beginning with Rations

The week that is closing has seen a first beginning with rationing in the Bingley area – for butter and margarine and for meat. Whatever else it may mean the result will be equal opportunities for all, if the regulations are observed. Those who suffer will be those who have been fortunate enough to get good supplies, by whatever means it may have been possible, when other people lately have been getting little or nothing of certain articles unless they were prepared to spend hours standing in queues or in scouting around the various shopkeepers. Those who have done well hitherto will have to do with less, for undoubtedly the ration is less than many people have been able to get possession of. Indeed, it may almost safely be said that the ration is on the underside in the case of butter and margarine, taking into account all the supplies that have come into town up to quite a recent date. The Food Control Committee on Tuesday night fixed the ration for butter or margarine at 4oz. per head for the week, after having an estimate before them of the available supplies. For fresh meat the butchers have been notified to ration at 1/2lb. per head, this being roughly half the amount of meat sold per head in the district last October. In the matter of meat, as was pointed out last week, the district is penalised for a low normal consumption in October last, and many people must hope that there will be some revision of the Food Controller’s decision.

- Keighley News, 16th February 1918

Sources

Keighley News Archive (accessed via Bradford Libraries website)