I have an annual subscription
for the British Newspaper Archive
and clipped these images from the papers:
New Year's Eve in 1916.
It seems an age
since the start of the centenary commemorations of
World War One in 2014.
By the end of 1916 in our family
Percival Edward Murray,
Maurice John Arthur Murray,
Richard Henry Ashworth,
Thomas Barratt and
had all enlisted and served in France and thus far had all survived.
Nathan Joseph was to join them on the Western Front early in 1917.
Back then, on New Year's Eve 1916, it must have seemed a long time too
for our ancestors
since they'd thought it would all be over by Christmas.
You can read more of their stories here.
Thanks for reading my blog today and very best wishes for a peaceful 2017.
I'm a former primary school head teacher now enjoying family history, e-publishing and gardening. I'm the author of "Cabbage and Semolina: Memories of a 1950s Childhood" and was delighted when the book became an Amazon 2015 bestseller in the Social History category. I'm the founder of Spurwing Ebooks which is at http://www.spurwing-ebooks.com for book details and information about new releases and special offers. Details of my books are at https://www.amazon.co.uk/C.-Murray/e/B009R7CRVC and the other books I've published are at https://www.amazon.co.uk/Michael-Murray/e/B007AQZMZK