100 years ago today


Follow our diary through the war years as part of our commemoration of the First World War and the events leading up to it.

Entries kindly maintained by local Historian Godfrey Thomas, author of Every one a Hero, the stories behind the names on War memorials in three local schools.

January 1918 Main events

1st     Heavy bombing of Venice by Austrians

2nd   A United Kingdom Air Council was set up

3rd     The French inflict heavy losses on Germans in Alsace

4th     Russia recognises the independence of Finland

5th   The Turks hand peace proposals to the Russians

6th   Germany recognises Finnish independence

7th   Fighting flares around Cambrai and Ypres

8th   President Wilson outlines his ’14 Points’ peace proposals

9th   Russian – German peace talks begin

10th An Australian referendum rejects conscription proposals

11th The Ukraine recognised as a separate state in peace talks

12th Two British destroyers lost in a severe gale off Scotland

13th Japan send warships to Vladivostok

14th Great Yarmouth shelled heavily from the sea

15th New rationing proposals discussed in London

16th The Italians gain major victory over the Austrians on Southern Front

17th British forces make progress in East Africa advance

18th Arab forces capture a Turkish convoy

19th A major flare up of action starts around Cambrai

20th Several British and German ships sunk in Dardanelles engagement

21st British forces bomb Turkish forces north of Baghdad

22nd A general flare up of action in the Somme area proves indecisive

23rd German forces reach North Sea at Nieuport before being pushed back

24th Major aerial activity along much of the Western Front

25th British forces advance further in Palestine

26th The Ukraine declares complete independence from Russia

27th The Cunard Liner ‘Andania’ is torpedoed off the northern Irish coast

28th 67 killed and 166 injured in German bombing raids on London

29th Several major Allied air raids on German positions in Belgium

30th Major German air raids on Paris, many killed

31st Martial Law declared in Berlin’


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