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Commemorating World War I

2018  -  #100yearsagotoday

On 11th November 1918 a message was transmitted directly from the Eiffel Tower, received in the Isle of Man at 11 a.m., which read: ‘Armistice was signed at 6 a.m. today, November 11th’. The Major of Douglas immediately called for a demonstration of national thanksgiving in the Villa Marina hall attended by 3000 people, including the Lieutenant Governor, Lord Raglan. Sir Hall Caine, at this time one of the world’s bestselling authors, did a speech and concluded with ‘some of the best and the bravest of our young Manx manhood, the hope and the pride and the flow of it, has fallen. Their loss is to the world’s gain; the world will never forget’.

Official records show 8,261 men had enlisted in the armed forces, which was 82.3% of the islands male population of military age. Of these, 1,165 gave their lives and 987 were wounded.

 The immediate post war years were a turning point in Manx history. A new lieutenant-governor, a reformed house of keys and a reconstituted legislative council cooperated to deliver a package of social and economic reforms that were to transform the role of the state in Manx society.

In 2014 to commemorate World War One, we ran a #100yearsagotoday Twitter feed. 2018 marks the 100th year anniversary of the end of WW1, so to give an insight of Tynwald’s reaction following the end of the war the #100yearsagotoday will run again.

 
2014  -  #100yearsagotoday
 
In 1914 the tourist industry on the Isle of Man was booming. It was the industry upon which the majority of the Manx families relied and that particular summer had promised record breaking numbers of visitors. Indeed, the total number of arrivals during the holiday season exceeded that of any previous summer.
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The Lieutenant Governor at the time was Lord Raglan (1902-1918) and in November 1913 there had been a general election to the House of Keys where the Speaker, Mr Maitland, was joined by 23 members who would, months later, become the first to sit after the declaration of War. 

 

 

The declaration of War with Germany came on 4th August 1914. With war came the ruin of the tourist industry. The hardships of the Island caused political agitation and eventually resulted in the “sodding” of the Governor and an all-Island strike. The War also saw the rise of Trade Unions and changes in the place of women in political and social life.

To commemorate the War we ran a #100yearsagotoday Twitter feed on Thursday 18th September 2014 which was the date #100yearsagotoday when Tynwald sat for the first time since the outbreak of the War. This feed hopes to give an insight to the problems, debates and decisions of Tynwald Parliament throughout World War One.