1907
The sinking of Oakdale's two steam coal shafts begins
  1911
The first coal is produced
  1914
13/03 Proposed new hotel for OakdaleRead more...
04/08 Britain declares War on Germany
23/08 1st major battle of the British Expeditionary forces begin
"Battle of Mons"
05/09 1st Battle of "The Marn"
19/10 1st Battle of Ypres
24/12 Christmas truce
  1915
19/01 First airship raid on Britain takes place on the towns of Great Yarmouth and King's Lynn.Read more...
19/02 Dardanelles campaign commences
22/04 2nd Battle of Ypres; which also saw the large scale use of lethal gases
25/04 Battle of Galipolli begins
07/05 Lusitania is sunk by a German
U-boat
08/05 Pte. Thomas Havard killed in action in Belgium, aged 23

Pte. Frederick Symons killed in action or died as a result of wounds in Belgium, aged 18

Pte. Phillip Williams killed in action in Belgium, aged 19

13/05 L/Cpl. George Lovell killed in action in France, aged 23
24/08 Pte. Edward Watkins died of wounds in Galipolli, aged 23
05/09 Zsar Nicholas takes control of Russian armies
12/10 Edith Cavell, a British nurse was shot dead by a German firing squad after being found guilty "assisting men to the enemy"
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29/10 Official opening of Oakdale HospitalRead more...
30/11 Sapper William Lloyd killed in action Galipolli. aged 22
  1916
21/02 Battle of Verdun - longest and costliest battle of WW1
31/03 Rifleman Albert Young, killed accidentally in the UK aged 23
03/07 Foundation stone of the Oakdale Workmen's Institute was laid
07/07 Pte. Arthur Price, killed in action in Iraq, aged 28
09/04 Acting Corporal Frank Howard killed in action in Iraq, aged 30
22/04 Pte. Richard Harvey killed in action Iraq, aged 32
25/05 Pte. John Williams died of wounds in France, aged 29
31/05 Battle of Jutland - major naval battle of WWI
08/06 Voluntary enlistment in Britain is replaced by conscription
01/07 Battle of The Somme - tanks are used for the first time
19/08 Pioneer Edmund Rowlands died of wounds in Salford Military Hospital, aged 21
05/09 Pte. Michael Farrell killed in action in France, age unknown
08/09 L/Cpl John John killed in action in France, aged 23
23/09 Pte. Ernest Prosser killed in action in France, aged 26
23/11 Pte. William John killed in action in France, aged 22
07/12 David Lloyd George becomes Prime Minister of Britain
  1917
16/01 The Zimmerman telegram, sent by the German Foreign Secretary, Arthur Zimmerman inviting Mexico to join the war; was intercepted and decoded by British cryptographers of Room 40.
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15/03 Zsar Nicholas II abdicates
26/05 Pte. William Onions killed in action in France, aged 20
04/06 Rifleman Wyndham Workman died of wounds in France, aged 25
25/07 Pte. Samuel Fisher died of pneumonia at home, aged 44
30/07 Pte. Gilbert Phillips died of wounds in Belgium, aged 23
31/07 Battle of Passchendaele (3rd Battle of Ypres)
11/08 Pte. Thomas Coombs killed in action in Belgium, aged 21
10/09 Oakdale Workmen's Institute officially opened by Alfred S Tallis
24/09 Pte. David Rees died of wounds in France, aged 21
07/11 Bolsheviks overthrow the Russian government
02/12 L/Cpl Ernest Havard killed in action in France, aged 23
17/12 The Armistice agreed between new Russian government and the central powers comes into effect
19/12 Gunner David Evans died of wounds in Israel, aged 24 (?)
  1918
08/01 President Woodrow Wilson issues his 14 points to peace
04/02 Pte. Frank Shaw died of wounds in France, aged 28
24/03 Pte. Arthur Owens killed in action in France, aged 24
23/08 Gunner George Wiltshire killed in action in France, aged 26
21/04 German flying Ace, The Red Baron (Baron Manfred von Richthofen) is shot down and killed
31/08 Pte. William Paulk died of wounds in France, aged 32
11/09 Pte. Jehoida Daniels killed in action in France, aged 30
18/09 Pte. Milson Ellway killed in action in France aged 19
05/10 Pte. Thomas Davies died in Germany (POW), aged 23
09/11 German Kaiser Wilhelm II abdicates and fleas Germany for Holland
11/11 Germany signs the armistice at Compiegne - fighting ends on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month
12/18 Able Seaman Nelmes died after being invalided out, aged 20
  1919
Jan. Pte. Frederick Goodman honourably discharged, aged 33. Assumed to have died later of wounds.
06/04 Pte. Albert Dyer died of wounds in the UK, aged 47
28/06 Treaty of Versailles - officially ends WWI
19/07 Cenotaph unveiled in London
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