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2 August 1914
War declared on Germany, recruitment campaign in Britain launches and half a million join in one month
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8 August 1914
Defence of Realm Act (DORA) allows government to censor newspapers, take land if need be and take over industries.
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Autumn 1914
Many women's organisations were set up; including the Women's Police Volunteers and Women's Hospital Corps.
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16 December 1914
First Bombings of British civilians. German warships shell the east coast of Britain, in Scarborough there are 119 people killed.
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19 January 1915
First air raids by German Zeppelins, bombs dropped onto East Anglian towns.
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May 1915
All parties for coalition government to handle crisis in the UK.
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31 May 1915
First Zeppelin air raids on London itself. Becomes a main feature throughout the war.
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July 1915
Munitions crisis; British troops suffering from severe shortage of bullets. Ministry of Munitions set up under David Lloyd George. He and Mrs Pankhurst set up "women's march for jobs", to gain more female works in factories,
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Autumn 1915
Many employers and trade unions refuse to take one women. Agreement set in place for women to keep there jobs until sufficient number of men come around.
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25 January 1916
First Military Service Bill introduced Conscription to single men from 18 - 40 years old.
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16 May 1916
Second Military Service Bill, Conscription was now also for married men.
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1 July 1916
Battle of Somme begins, more British Soldiers killed than any previous battle.
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August 1916
Propaganda movie made called the Battle of Somme. British public flocks to see it, some calling it the best moving picture of all time.
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18 November 1916
Battle of Somme called off, little gain from 500,000 British casualties.
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November 1916
Public criticism on how the war was run by generals.
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7 December 1916
Lloyd George, one of the critics, become President. Instantly focuses all Government effort on the war as well as setting up a Ministry of Labour and Ministry of Food.
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February 1917
Germany began it's third and most devastating attack of submarines on British Merchant Ships. Additionally Women's Land Army is introduced for farm labourers.
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April 1917
German U-Boats sank one of the British Merchant ships in the Atlantic, food supply was very low. Under DORA, government took over over two and a half million acres of farm land to feed Britain.
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November 1917
Voluntary rationing scheme introduced, however failed with food prices beginning to rise and queues for food getting longer,
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December 1917
Parliament agree law to finally allow female married householders or householders over 30 to vote. Representation of the People Act (enacted in 1918))
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26 February 1918
Compulsory rationing scheme introduced in London and Southern Britain, strict punishments for those who broke it.
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April 1918
Rationing of meat, butter and cheese extended to whole country.
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11 November 1918
The eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month of 1918, an Armistice was signed and the war was over.
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14 December 1918
First General Election held after the war. Women over 30 voted for the first time.
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Defence of Realm Act (DORA) allows government to censor newspapers, take land if need be and take over industries.

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Many women's organisations were set up; including the Women's Police Volunteers and Women's Hospital Corps.

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First Bombings of British civilians. German warships shell the east coast of Britain, in Scarborough there are 119 people killed.

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First air raids by German Zeppelins, bombs dropped onto East Anglian towns.

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