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First World War, York and

Many men from York joined the forces, and a huge army camp was constructed on the Knavesmire for the army to prepare for war. Enlistment went on throughout the city. Because the city contained a garrison, there was a large army presence with men in uniforms everywhere.

Those not in uniform were often considered to be conscientious objectors, and they were given the cold shoulder and a hostile reception. A canteen for soldiers was set up at York station supplying tea and refreshments to travelling servicemen, and the Assembly Rooms became and supper break and breakfast station for those who got stranded.

Zeppelin Air raids


Christopher Daniel, A Traveller’s History of York.

David Rubinstein, York Friends and the Great War, University of York, Borthwick Papers no. 96.

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