1914

On 4 August 1914 Britain joined the First World War. Men across the Humber rushed to join local regiments, women volunteered as nurses and the first troops were mobilised for battle.

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1915

Raids by German Zeppelins killed hundreds of civilians. Armed fishing trawlers from Hull and Grimsby went to sea as minesweepers. The East Riding Yeomanry departed for Egypt and poison gas was first used on the battlefields of Belgium.

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1916

The British government began conscripting men to be soldiers. German submarines continued to sink British merchant ships. The lengthening casualty lists from the Western Front meant few communities were unaffected by loss.

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1917

With food for civilians becoming scarce, the ‘Women’s Land Army’ helped ensure farming continued in the East Riding. In Belgium the East Yorkshire Regiment sustained heavy casualties at the battle for Oppy Wood.

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1918

The war ended on 11 November when Germany signed the armistice agreement. People across the region celebrated with street parties, while they also remembered and commemorated those they had lost.

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