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Commemorating World War I

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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.

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 launch our #100yearsagotoday Twitter feed on Thursday 18th September which was the date 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.