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JOHN DILLEY’S WWI BLOG: June 19, 1917 – African horrors make Harborough soldier homesick

Lions, snakes, malaria and monsoons have made one town soldier understandably very homesick for the gently rolling countryside of Leicestershire, according to a story in the June 19, 1917, issue of the Market Harborough Advertiser.

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Ex Harborough Mail editor John Dilley with a copy of the Market Harborough Advertiser.

JOHN DILLEY’S WWI BLOG: Winning the war on food

June 12, 1917 – Can bread baked with potatoes and sub-standard grain really help win the war?

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Ex Harborough Mail editor John Dilley with a copy of the Market Harborough Advertiser.

JOHN DILLEY’S WWI BLOG: May 29, 1917 – Sliver of hope for the Harborough family agonising over the destiny of their WW1 son

The agony of waiting for news of their son’s fate continues this week for one town family according to the May 29, 1917, edition of the Market Harborough Advertiser.

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Ex Harborough Mail editor John Dilley with a copy of the Market Harborough Advertiser.

JOHN DILLEY’S WWI BLOG: Are these adverts the single most fascinating insight into life 100 years ago?

May 22, 1917 – Market Harborough’s high street traders provide historical hint of life in World War One Britain

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What this election needs is a face off

We are four weeks into a seemingly never ending General Election campaign, one which is only creating excitement among avid players of political bingo.

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Ex Harborough Mail editor John Dilley with a copy of the Market Harborough Advertiser.

JOHN DILLEY’S WWI BLOG: May 15, 1917 – Wounded soldier brews tea surrounded by dead and dying while trapped under heavy fire in a shell hole

An extraordinary tale of survival is told in vivid detail by a town soldier in the May 15, 1917, edition of the Market Harborough Advertiser.

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Ex Harborough Mail editor John Dilley with a copy of the Market Harborough Advertiser.

JOHN DILLEY’S WWI BLOG: Amazing tale of survival after torpedo attack

May 8, 1917 – Brothers somehow survive torpedo attack by German dawn raiders

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My shelf life as a DIY alpha male

Now that the warm (er) weather is threatening to show its face, plenty of Britons are rolling up their sleeves to do what they do best - DIY.

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Ex Harborough Mail editor John Dilley with a copy of the Market Harborough Advertiser.

JOHN DILLEY’S WWI BLOG: The infamous Battle of Arras - not for the faint-hearted

May 01, 1917 – ‘War Horse’ cavalrymen forced ‘to ride over the dead and dying’

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Ex Harborough Mail editor John Dilley with a copy of the Market Harborough Advertiser.

JOHN DILLEY’S WWI BLOG: Four local soldiers killed and four wounded

April 24, 1917 – Brave optimism on the streets of Harborough despite heavy losses on the world’s battlefields.

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Ex Harborough Mail editor John Dilley with a copy of the Market Harborough Advertiser.

JOHN DILLEY’S WWI BLOG: Slaughterman dies after falling into a vat of boiling water

April 17, 1917 – ‘Remarkably corpulent’ slaughterman loses 12-day battle for life after falling into a vat of boiling water

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Ex Harborough Mail editor John Dilley with a copy of the Market Harborough Advertiser.

JOHN DILLEY’S WWI BLOG: April 10, 1917 – Devastating news for parents on soldier son’s birthday

Chas Capell and his wife of Coventry Road, Market Harborough, were all set to quietly mark the 19th birthday of their son George even though he was serving in France.

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Ex Harborough Mail editor John Dilley with a copy of the Market Harborough Advertiser.

JOHN DILLEY’S WWI BLOG: April 3, 1917 – Teenage farmhand escapes ‘a good birching’ after he admits slicing off heifer’s teat with a shovel

A 14-year- old farm labourer admitted slicing off the teat of a heifer’s udder with a shovel when he appeared in Children’s Court according to a report in the April 3, 1917, edition of the Market Harborough Advertiser.

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Ex Harborough Mail editor John Dilley with a copy of the Market Harborough Advertiser.

JOHN DILLEY’S WWI BLOG: A golden age for newspapers

The Market Harborough Advertiser in the early part of the 20th century was part of a revolution in newspapers that led to a vibrant, local press in this small county town.

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Ex Harborough Mail editor John Dilley with a copy of the Market Harborough Advertiser.

JOHN DILLEY’S WWI BLOG: The tide is turning in the Middle East

March 20, 1917 – British soldiers notch up victories in the moonlit Middle East

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Ex Harborough Mail editor John Dilley with a copy of the Market Harborough Advertiser.

JOHN DILLEY’S WWI BLOG: There one minute - and vaporised the next

March 13, 1917 – ‘Lucky’ Fred Collier: thinking about breakfast one moment and vaporised the next

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Ex Harborough Mail editor John Dilley with a copy of the Market Harborough Advertiser.

JOHN DILLEY’S WWI BLOG: The recapture of Kut makes the local headlines

March 6, 1917 – Kut captured and Turks in full retreat

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Ex Harborough Mail editor John Dilley with a copy of the Market Harborough Advertiser.

JOHN DILLEY’S WWI BLOG: Remembering the cheekie chappie of Harborough’s Pleasure Resort

February 20, 1917 – The cheeky chappie of Harborough’s Pleasure Resort is dead – after only four weeks at the Front.

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Ex Harborough Mail editor John Dilley with a copy of the Market Harborough Advertiser.

JOHN DILLEY’S WWI BLOG: The 14-year-old who was desperate to join the army

February 13, 1917 – 14-year-old so determined to be a soldier he even offers to just blow the bugle

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