[Grandfather of website maker.]
11th January - Near Bapaume. Somme.
Death of HARRY LEEKS, 4th Bn Yorkshire Regiment,
of 57 Wharton St, N Skelton.
15th January - Near Albert, Somme.
1st February - Germany resumed unrestricted submarine warfare to blockade Britain.
Feb/March - The local 4th Yorks Battalion were moved to the extreme right of the British line and took over trenches from French at Foucaucourt.
6th April. America declared war on Germany.
|9th April - The Arras offensive.
The British launched a large scale attack at Arras in support of a larger plan by the French.
It was against the formidable Hindenberg line to which the Germans had made a strategic withdrawal.
The struggle continued on until May in several phases, opening with the Battle of Vimy and then the three Battles of the Scarpe (a river in that region).
|The final Battle of Bullecourt brought this "push" to an end and like all the others, it started well only
to become bogged down in a stalemate with terrible loss of life.
1st to 12th April - The local 4th Yorks Bn marched by arduous daily slogs to Arras.
12th April - Near Arras.
19th April - Near Ypres.
23rd April - All 4 of the following near Arras.
|Death of HARRY DALE, 4th Bn Yorkshire Regiment,
of 24 Wharton St, N Skelton.
Death of HERBERT ARTHUR DOWEY, 4th Bn Yorkshire Regiment,
Death of WILLIAM DOWEY 4th Bn Yorkshire Regiment,
4th July - Death of Steward FRANK HANSON, Mercantile Marine, of 11 Vaughan St, North Skelton. His ship, the SS Goathland [Whitby], was sunk by a German U-boat 30 miles off St Nazaire.
16th July - The British launched an offensive in Flanders, commonly called the Third Battle of Ypres or Passchendaele.
The battle began with a huge barrage of Allied artillery.
This bombardment warned the Germans of the coming attack, but it also turned the battlefield into a mess of craters.
The offensive continued regardless until November with drastic losses of life.
3rd May - Both of following near Arras
Death of GEORGE R PULFORD, 8th Bn East Yorkshire Regiment,
18th May - Near Arras.
8th June - Near Arras.
Death of BERNARD S SCUFFHAM, 10Bn King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry,
of 49 Harker St, Skelton Green.
13 June - Near Ypres.
14th August - Near Arras.
16th August - Near Ypres.
10th September - Near Ypres.
7th October - Armentieres,
9th October - Near Ypres.
Death of JOHN R LECKENBY, 1/4th Bn York and Lancaster Regiment.
of 22 Trouthall Lane, Skelton Green.
15 October - Near Ypres.
6th to 25th October - The local 4th Yorks Battalion moved from Arras to Ypres, where they fought until the following March.16th October. London Gazette. Bankruptcy.
Sidney William Carver of 42 Boosbeck Rd, Skelton Green, Confectioner petitioned for bankruptcy at the Court of Stockton on Tees.
26th October - Near Ypres.
29th October - Near Ypres.
Death of JOSEPH ATKINSON, 4th Bn Yorkshire Regiment,
Address not found.
1st November - Near Ypres.
30th December - Somme area.
December - After the Bolshevik Revolution of November in
Russia, Lenin took control and started separate peace talks with
Raising iron stone at Longacre Mine ceased, but men still went down the shaft there [313 feet] and the output was brought up at North Skelton, being sent down a mile long, underground incline.
Iron and steel was vital to the war effort, but production must have continued in these Ironstone mines with half the normal work force considering the number of men in the forces.