1. North Mail (Newcastle upon Tyne) September 29 1915.  Included with the headline LAID TO A HERO’S REST IN THE SANDS OF GALLIPOLI a remarkably poignant photograph of the burial of one of the British soldiers who fell in the Dardanelles. It had been sent home by a British serviceman. IMG_0711
  2. Evening Mail (Newcastle upon Tyne) August 2 1914. The significance is that this evening newspaper decided to bring out a special four-page Sunday edition to report the events of a rapidly moving historic weekend. Flagged WAR EDITION, its contents dramatically reflect the speed of events. The lead headline on the front page, GERMAN ULTIMATUM, reports the German Government’s notification to Russia of its intention to mobilise in the event of Russia not discontinuing war preparations within 12 hours, and is dated Berlin, Aug. 1. 2.30 a.m. However, the reverse side is numbered Page 5 and has the day and date in August erased, indicating that the editorial team decided to ‘lift’ an existing page from the Saturday edition to help make up the special Sunday edition. Page 3 actually has no number and the date has been further erased to say merely ‘Evening Mail 1914’. The real story is on the back page, which does not carry a page number but carries the full dateline ‘Evening Mail Sunday, August 2, 1914’ and the headlines WAR DECLARED and TWENTY MILLION MEN UNDER ARMS. A Reuter report datelined St Petersburg , August 1, says: ‘The German Ambassador, in the name of his Government, handed to the Foreign Minister a declaration of war at 7.30 this evening.’ (Compare this with the earlier Berlin timing on the front page.) Further evidence of the late activity in the newspaper office is revealed in a space headlined SUNDAY EDITION MAIL OFFICE SUNDAY MORNING with, among others, a report from Paris that morning that the Russian ambassador had informed the French Foreign Ministry late the previous evening that Germany had declared war on Russia
  3. The Times January 8 1919 carries the main headline SIR DOUGLAS HAIG’S VICTORY DISPATCH. IMG_0715
  4. Daily Sketch November 12 1918. Under the headline THE KING AND HIS PEOPLE HAIL VICTORY DAY, the whole of the front page is taken up by a picture of crowds outside Buckingham Palace as the King and Queen, with Princess Mary, appeared on the balcony. As well as reports on the German surrender the previous day, this 12-page edition includes a collection of wartime pictures highlighting significant events such as the burial of victims from the sunken liner Lusitania, a crashed Zeppelin aircraft  and the death of Nurse Edith Cavell.