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August 29, 1916 – celebrity journalism is no modern-day phenomenon

News of a shoulder injury to legendary hero Edgar Mobbs dominates the August 29, 1916, edition of the Market Harborough Advertiser.

The former Northampton Saints and England rugby star was the rallying point at the beginning of the war for many Harborough area men who enlisted into the 7th Battalion of the Northamptonshire Regiment – or Mobbs’ Corps as it was affectionately known. 512 more words

1916 in Ballsbridge & free self-guided walk around D4, by Dublin Decoded.

Fancy an amble through the leafy area of Dublin 4, from the RDS, over the Dodder at Ballsbridge and onward to the banks of the Grand Canal?   3,429 more words

Dublin Walking Tour

How to be “knuts” for war: refashioning male identity in WW1.

Image of Basil Hallam, the Knut with a Capital K.© National Portrait Gallery, London. Reproduced with thanks under Creative Commons.

As previous posts on this site have explored, fashion – and war – could produce some unlikely conjunctions. 1,752 more words

August 22, 1916 – medical miracles try to find balance against the weapons of mass destruction

“Mankind is under a sentence of life and petitioning to have it commuted to death.”

These are the despairing words of Victorian poet Francis Thompson, reproduced in the August 22, 1916, edition of the… 646 more words

August 15, 1916 – We’ve won ALL THIS LAND in the last 24 hours...

The fearfully slow progress of the Battle of the Somme is displayed in all its horror with one simple headline in the August 15, 1916, edition of the… 687 more words

August 08, 1916 – The spin doctors of Devil’s Wood

The August 8, 1916, edition of the Market Harborough Advertiser was pretty typical for the midway point of the First World War – a mix of adverts (Bird’s Custard, Ford cars etc), small town life (weddings, church reports etc), entertainment (previews of films to see at the cinema), establishment news (council and court reports etc), and obituaries of young men killed or wounded in Flanders. 259 more words

Rethinking the birth of an expression. Keeping calm and “carrying on” in World War One:

The injunction to Keep Calm and Carry on, with or without various mutations, has, in recent years, become ubiquitous. ‘One of the most recognisable slogans in British history’, as… 1,609 more words