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Another way in which the war was carried into the lives of civilians was how the increasingly large numbers of wounded soldiers were brought back to this country for surgery and recuperation. By 1916 the facilities to accommodate them were … Continue reading
Conscription of men into the Armed services was not introduced until 1916, but there was no shortage of men willing to volunteer in the early years. Surprisingly, on the home front, the civilian experience was very similar to that of … Continue reading
In an age where we expect instant communication it’s hard for us to appreciate how slowly news was disseminated, at the start of the 20th century. There can be few news items more important than the outbreak of a global … Continue reading
Death was a much more frequent and public event at the turn of the 20th Century than it is today, when disease is so much more preventable and curable. Nowadays, death is usually associated with the elderly, but back then … Continue reading
Medical care in pre-World War 1 era was sparse and somewhat rudimentary; Folk remedies, therefore, were widely applied to illnesses and the Doctor (who had to be paid) was only summoned as last resort.
Growing up in a town has always presented problems for children who wanted to ‘play out’, i.e. outside the house. Unthinkable today, the most natural (and safest) place to do this was the road; the traffic, such as it was, … Continue reading
1912 was not only significant for the arrival of moving pictures in Birmingham, it was also the year when Winifred first started school. As always, learning to read and write were the first skills to master – but using very … Continue reading
By comparison with the traditional homespun entertainment to which people were accustomed, the arrival of moving pictures in Kings Heath in 1912 must have been stunning. Winefred, aged five, was taken to this magical experience by her elder brother, Ted.
While life in the 20th Century was hard for the majority of people, there was still opportunity and appetite for entertainment. Yet again this was based on the family and amateur standards; external temptations, like moving pictures, had still to … Continue reading
In the early years of the 20th Century the family was the strong framework which gave shape and meaning to society. Unlike today, when we all do our own thing in separate, centrally heated rooms, the family was a complete … Continue reading