Category Archives: newspapers

‘The Tribunal’

Councillor Hopwood (to a conscientious objector at Shaw Tribunal, asking for exemption): I think you are exploiting God to save your own skin. It is nothing but deliberate and rank blasphemy. A man who would not help to defend his country and womankind is a coward and a cad. You are nothing but a shivering […]

Adventures of War: With Cross and Crescent

It was early in September of 1912 that Europe became alarmed by the menace of war [….] Macedonia, that vague and troublesome territory which for centuries has been the theatre of guerrilla warfare, of vendettas, of massacres and murders between Christians and Turks, was to be the cause of quarrel… Adventures of War: With Cross […]

War correspondents in the First Balkan War

There has been much discussion here recently about the (sometimes good, sometimes awful) paintings of C. R. W. Nevinson. By chance, the book I’m currently reading has a photograph of his father, Henry Nevinson, the distinguished war correspondent. Here he is with Horace Grant and Philip Gibbs and two unknown Serbians, getting ready to report […]

We’re in the Yorkshire Post

Don’t miss today’s Yorkshire Post! There’s a long article linked to the forthcoming Sheffield Off the Shelf festival. A week or two back a reporter came to Sheffield and interviewed Chris Hopkins, Erica Brown about the fiction of the War, and the result (rather intelligently written) is in today’s paper. The three of us will […]

Shell shock, newspapers, poetry

The other day I blogged my disagreement with Roy Greenslade’s  sweeping claim in the Guardian : Only later did the public learn of the high casualty toll and the horrific nature of trench warfare, such as the use of poison gas and the effects of shell shock. About shell shock I cited an article from […]

Welsh newspapers

Here’s a very useful resource that I hadn’t come across before. It’s an archive of Welsh newspapers published between 1804 and 1919, which has recently been enlarged by the addition of 27 new publications. I’ve taken a look through some papers of the War years, to see indications of feelings of dissent. I put the […]