1917

January

The Government intensified their efforts to enlist more men and issue measures to get the “Slackers” out of the Pits
Several Soldiers die as a result of Shells bursting in the trenches including a 21 year old and two Conisbrough men when a shell exploded and killed 7 men and a offcer
At home the area is collecting funds to help displaced Belgians and another miner is killed at Cadeby and his workmate loses fingers
There are Court cases over an illtreated wife, a gambling row and a father is censured after his daughters steal
and a eight year old dies with pneumonia and rickets after a vain search for a doctor

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February

In 1917 a Conisborough Milkman relates his incredible experience after his ship is torpedoed and he survives while his comrades are drowning around him
A Denaby Sergeant writes from the scene of V.C. exploits and there’s promotion for a Gallipoli campaigner
At home a grocer commits suicide from the Bow bridge and a Conisbrough man has his gun confiscated,
The schools are closed for measles, another child is burned to death and a Denaby hairdresser absconds with 4 hair clippers and 2 razors.

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March

In March 1917 a gallant Conisborough Officer died of his wounds and a muffled peal was rang from the bells he supported
There’s more honours and commissions from our villages
At home women are in the news as a woman punches a ex soldier in Denaby,
another is rough handled over a rug and a soldier’s wife gets behind with the rent
The Colliery takes more of its workers to the courts
the Fire Brigade present long term medals
and a young Denaby miner attempts to find a scapegoat but gets four months committal as reward

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April

In April 1917 there are several awards
As local men receive the Military Medal and D.C.M and another soldier receives both
We learn of a Soldier’s self sacrifice and a detailed account of going over the top!
More local heroes die and there’s confirmation, 9 months later, of another death in the Great Advance
At home a Denaby Sergeant has a sad homecoming and there’s a strange death of a schoolboy
A  shopkeeper is prosecuted for selling potatoes a half penny over the regulated price
And there’s another story of cruelty to a pony and a horsekeeper’s larceny

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May

In May 1917 there’s a strange affair at Hill Top as a man disappears after a young girl is shot
A loyal farm servant, who was worth 3 men, died after a horse kicked him
Potatoes hit the headlines after breaches of the Maximum Price rules
and a man goes to prison for 3 months after neglecting his children
A miner is fined when he doesn’t report his damaged lamp and there are local Tribunal Cases for Military Exemption
At the Front, six more deaths are reported, soldiers are home on furlough and a soldier has his foot amputated

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June

In June 1917 the War brings another 6 casualties, all from Denaby Main
The Appeals Tribunal hears many cases from our area, including a Conisborough Bantam
The Volunteers are in Camp at Thoresby and a discharged soldier is in court for assaulting a woman
General Copley is disappointed by Denaby women and there’s another DCM for a Conisbrough soldier

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July

In July 1917 nine more fatalities from the Front were reported and three more from the mines at home!
and it’s the five years anniversary of the Cadeby disaster with the statement of the fund for the widows and orphans.
The Denaby munition girls are helping local institutions and there’s a school exhibition at the Large Hall, including boys models and books and the girls economy war cooking
There is a court case between the Council and the Railway Company about the refuse tip and whether to put 6 inches or 12 inches of soil on the 200 tons of privy refuse deposited each week
There’s a full account of the battle for the Mines of Messines and another of a Denaby airman in a German POW camp

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August

In August 1917 seven more casualties were reported, including a widower with four children
There are more injured and missing and a Conisborough sergeant is awarded the Military Medal for gallantry in the field
There’s a detailed description of the battle for the Mines of Messines
and the remarkable stories of the Denaby Don Juan who was married, had a girl friend in Keighley, was courting a Swinton Girl and was left with the children after the court case !
A man broke into his gas meter then started singing in the Court Room
With more Mine Offences and Domestic problems

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September

In September 1917 as the fighting in France one more intensifies we are told of another seven casualties from our area, including two 20 year olds from Conisborough
More injuries are reported and Medals awardedAn Old Denaby Airman is located as a POW, after 15 weeks and his mother’s persistence
At home there are more cases of Colliery Fines and more workers are fined for breach of contract
A Micklebring miner is sentenced to 3 months hard labour after his 2 month old baby dies at less than the birth weight

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