100 Years Ago – 19 May 1920

19 May 1920

Herbert Asquith criticised the Poles for their invasion of Soviet Russia, saying that it was “unwarrantable”, especially given that Poland was a signatory to the League of Nations. Józef Piłsudski, the Polish Chief of State, had been concerned about the power of Russia and sought for Poland to exert some political control in the region.

The Railway Clerks’ Conference met and there was a demand issued for an increase in their wages of 25%.

Charles McCurdy, the Minister of Food Control, made a speech saying that a shortage of wheat crops meant that “war bread” may have to be produced again and he called on the public to minimise their consumption of flour and bread. War bread used less flour in its production and it was usually bulked up with other products.