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Covering the villages of Wilsden and Harecroft

11th September – The first British troops to be repatriated through Switzerland return to Britain. Through an agreement brokered by the Red Cross and signed in Berlin in May 1916, both Allied, French and German troops who had been wounded when they were captured could be transferred from overcrowded Prisoner of War camps to Switzerland, from where they could either convalesce in Switzerland, or be returned home. The pictures below are from the Imperial War Museum, and show Canadian troops newly returned from Switzerland in late 1917.

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15th September – The Russian Provisional Government proclaims Russia a republic, after a failed Royalist coup led by General Kornilov collapses days after it begins.

Putting Back the Clock

An Extra Hour Next Monday Morning

The Home Secretary has given notice that summer time will cease and normal time will be restored at 3 a.m. (summer time) on the morning of Monday next September 17. Clocks should then be put back to 2 a.m. Thus we shall get 2-3 hours on Monday, one by the old time and one by the new. In altering their timepieces people should take care not to move back the hands of ordinary striking clocks. The change should be made by pushing them eleven hours on allowing the clock to strike the full extent each time they are pushed on

-  Keighley News, 15th September 1917


Keighley News Archive (accessed via Bradford Libraries website)

Gilbert, M. First World War

Imperial War Museum Online www.iwm.org.uk


Plaque on the Textile Hall, Westgate, part of the Bradford Peace Trail. Photograph by Peter Hughes from https://www.flickr.com/photos/sgwarnog/6927460840

September 9thAt 2pm on Sunday afternoon, over three thousand women from the Bradford Women’s Humanity League took part in a march through the city to protest against the introduction of conscription, and the ongoing slaughter of the war. Beginning at the Textile Hall on Westgate, the marchers walked to the Textile school, which is now a part of Bradford College. They had with them a marching band, and carried banners with phrases such as “The Boys in the Trenches want Peace”. When they arrived at the schoolyard there were a number of speeches, including one by Ethel Snowden, wife of prominent Labour politician and future Chancellor of the Exchequer, Philip Snowden

The Bradford Women's Humanity League was highly active in the final years of the war, holding numerous meetings and demonstrations – however, very few of their activities were either written up or publicised, so very little is known about the group or its members. Peter Nias, of the Bradford Peace Museum, in an interview with the Telegraph and Argus, described some of the background to the march;

"Bradford was a hive of radicalisation and the League were very much part of the emancipation movement. Women over the age of 30 did not get the vote until two years later - which in itself gives significance to the 3,000 women who attended this march. It was ahead of its time”


Telegraph & Argus website accessed via http://www.thetelegraphandargus.co.uk/news/1595636.plan_to_mark_place_of_antiwar_protest/

BBC WW1 at Home website accessed via http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p0230htw



Fortune Telling

Liverpool Spiritualist Sent to Prison

The Liverpool Stipendiary Magistrate on Monday sent Martha McClure, a middle-aged married woman, to prison for a month in the second division, on a charge of pretending to tell fortunes. McClure conducts the “Liverpool Christian Spiritualist Church”, and it was in consequence of numerous complaints that proceedings were instituted against her by the police.

A member of the Women’s Police Aid Detachment, a single woman, was sent to McClure with a letter purporting to come from her “husband”, and was told by the medium that things were not as black as they seemed, and that her husband was alive, though unconscious.

Defendant told the magistrate that she never told fortunes, but she had been able to relieve the distress of mind of several people through the aid of spirits, who revealed things to her. She admitted that a collection was made at her “church” to defray expense, though no balance sheet was ever published. Parcels of comfort were sent by the organisation to soldiers on active service. She stated that she at first refused to say anything to the young woman, as she “seemed to see the shadow of a police uniform”, and declared that she had had a prevision of the police-inspector who served her with the summons.

The Magistrate told [the] defendant that she had been practicing humbug. As he [had] learned that on the previous evening a collection had been made at the “church” to defray a possible fine, he said that to fine the woman in such circumstances would be to defeat the ends of justice, and accordingly sentenced her to imprisonment

- Keighley News, 1st September 1917


Keighley News Archive (accessed via Bradford Libraries website)