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Clements Hall Local History Group

Exploring the Scarcroft, Clementhorpe, South Bank and Bishophill areas of York

Clements Hall Local History Group

Exploring the Scarcroft, Clementhorpe and South Bank areas of York

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World War 1 Project

In 2015 we were successful with our bid for £10,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) to explore the Impact and Legacy of the First World War on our Neighbourhood. Awarded through HLF’s First World War Then and Now programme, this grant has supported our two year project from January 2016 until December 2017.

Click on a tile to follow through a theme, or follow this link for resources for First World War research.

In 2018 we were presented with the Community Archives and Heritage Group national award for our Digital Work on this project.


This project has now finished. If you would like to see our evaluation of the activities we carried out, please follow this link.



Millfield Road peace celebrations 1919

About our First World War project

Our History Group has been awarded £10,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for our new project, The Impact and Legacy of the First World War on our Neighbourhood.

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Punch cartoon 1916

How did the churches influence attitudes to the War in our area?

The late 19th and early 20th century was a time of rapid expansion in South Bank, as railway and factory workers flooded in.

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Zeppelin over York event poster

Exploring the impact of the May 1916 Zeppelin attack

Aerial bombing of Britain began in January 1915. By the end of the War it accounted for some 1,417 deaths, and 3,400 injuries.

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OXO advert WW1

The experiences of WW1 soldiers, sailors and airmen

Research so far about the lives of those commemorated on our local First World War memorials has shown us some touching insights into many aspects of their lives.

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Scarcroft School football champions 1908-9

The Impact of the War on Scarcroft School

In 1910 over 1,000 children were enrolled at Scarcroft School: 323 in the Infants and 852 in the mixed Juniors and Seniors, up to the age of fourteen. This was over three times the number enrolled today.

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Food shortages

Food shortages in the First World War

One of the ways in which the First World War impacted dramatically on the Home Front in our area was in restricting the availability of basic foodstuffs, especially when German U boat campaigns took effect.

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Scout School at Brook St, The Groves 1914

The Role of Uniformed Youth Organisations on the Home Front in our Area

Edward Hope Hawthorne was a teacher at Scarcroft School in the years before the First World War, who became the first Headmaster of the special Scout School in York.

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Women workers making reels for mekometers at T E Cooke’s in 1916 (Courtesy Borthwick Institute)

The contribution of women in the First World War

Members of our local history group have been researching the role of women in the First World War.

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Military Service Poster

Conscience and the call to arms in WW1

Throughout continental Europe from the 18th century onwards, conscription to military service was normal everywhere but Britain, which had traditionally held out against compulsory service.

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York Retreat (Borthwick Institute for Archives)

Mental Nursing and the Great War

One of our group members, Peter Nolan, is particularly interested in exploring local evidence about mental health nursing during World War 1, especially in relation to conscription and conscientious objectors:

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