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

May Stories include
Farm Servant’s Death
Girl Shot – Strange Affair at Hill Top
Soldiers:
Ball S. – Stretcher Bearer killed in Action
Cross W. – Killed in Action in Mesopotamia
Watson, Sydney – Muffled Peal from Parish Church

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June

June Stories include:
Conisbrough Volunteers – Camp at Thoresby
Soldiers:
Atkinson A.E. – D.C.M. for good work in the field
Burton H. – Died of Wounds
Pownall G. – Killed digging dugout
Wall Fred – Killed in Action

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