It’s really interesting to read through local newspapers published during the First World War. They provide an insight into life at home and details of local soldiers fighting out on the Western Front. Here are a few snippets published in the September 1914 editions of the Nuneaton Chronicle:
September 18th 1914- German arrested in Nuneaton
The Nuneaton police yesterday handed over to the military authorities a German subject named John Konrad Radermasher, who lately resided in Upper Abbey Street, and carried on the business of a sausage skin manufacturer. Radermasher, who is now a prisoner of war, is stated to be a German reservist, and had been in Nuneaton for some little time.
September 18th 1914- Nuneatonian captures a spy
Private Victor A Tipping who is in ‘A’ Company of the Special Reserves, stationed in the Isle of Wight, was on guard a few nights since, when a man in plain clothes tried to surprise him and capture his rifle. Private Tipping got him to the guard room, where it was found he was a spy who had been taking photos of the forts. Private Tipping is only 17 years of age, and prior to enlisting was a member of one of the Nuneaton Troop of Boy Scouts
September 25th 1914
First weekly contribution to War relief Fund from the employees of the Exhall Colliery Co amounted to £40 11s 0d
The Queen has approved of Lady Denman and the Hon Mrs Newdegate being members of the council of the Queen’s Work for Women Fund.
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Nuneaton Chronicle, 18th & 25th September 1914, courtesy of Warwickshire County Record Office.