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

JOHN DILLEY’S WWI BLOG: ‘Miraculous escape from death’ after two men were buried in coal

February 6, 1917 – ‘Plucky’ train crash duo pulled from the ruins of an overturned engine.

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Treatment in Germany could save Harborough dad

Treatment in Germany could save Harborough dad

The wife of a 44-year-old Market Harborough father-of-two with cancer is campaigning to raise £10,000 to send him for special treatment abroad.

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WATCH: Fury after bin lorry driver is caught chatting on his phone while steering a 32-tonne truck

WATCH: Fury after bin lorry driver is caught chatting on his phone while steering a 32-tonne truck

Harborough District councillors say they are “appalled” after a bin lorry driver heading back to a depot in Market Harborough was filmed chatting on his mobile phone as he steered his 32-tonne truck one-handed along the A427. (WARNING: VIDEO BELOW DOES CONTAIN STRONG LANGUAGE).

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

JOHN DILLEY’S WWI BLOG: Pushing for peace

January 30, 1917 – US President continues to push for peace

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Great response to Katherine Boulton appeal

Great response to Katherine Boulton appeal

Nearly 600 people have contributed more than £14,000 in an appeal to help a Market Harborough family.

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

JOHN DILLEY’S WWI BLOG: How the town helped soldiers get their Christmas presents

January 16, 1917 – Soldiers say heart-warming thanks to Santa

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

JOHN DILLEY’S WWI BLOG: Career criminal finally caught

January 9, 1917 – 76-year-old hustler’s string of frauds comes to an end in Harborough

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

JOHN DILLEY’S WWI BLOG: How Churchill predicted World War Two

January 2, 1917 – Churchill’s dire warning of a second great war

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

JOHN DILLEY’S WWI BLOG: Controversy in politics - how 1916 and 2016 have much in common

December 19, 1916 – Early general election ‘a possibility’. Does this sound familiar?

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

JOHN DILLEY’S WWI BLOG: A momentous week in politics - and we’re not talking Trump or Brexit

December 12, 1916 – Forget Trump and Brexit: political earthquakes were happening a hundred years ago as well The Market Harborough Advertiser of December 12, 1916, proclaims it a ‘momentous week’.

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

John DIlley’s WWI Blog: Christmas from 1916

December 5, 1916 – Christmas shopping in Market Harborough going with a bang Christmas in Market Harborough’s town centre is in full swing despite the continued fighting on so many fronts.

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