January 26, 1915

newspapers and the great war

Figures seem to be a fixation in many of the stories dominating the January 26 issue of the Market Harborough Advertiser in 1915.

Readers are greeted on the front page with the cost of the war. After 170 days of conflict Britain has spent £1,500,000 – less than the other main protagonists but a staggering 12 times more than the entire three-year Crimean conflict in the mid-1850s.

Another story focusing on figures catalogues the number of German casualties which a story estimates at another astonishing number: around 2,250,000.

Perhaps not so surprising is news of the number of men in work. In a story headlined ‘War and Unemployment: Remarkable Figures’ the ‘The Board of Trade announce that in the trades compulsorily insured against unemployment – building, shipbuilding, vehicle-making, etc – the percentage of unemployment at January 15 was 2.99, as compared with 3.37 a week ago, 3.28 a month ago…

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