100 Years Ago – 2 January 1921

2 January 1921

Mary Macarthur, one of the earliest female Labour leaders, died from influenza at the age of 40. She had served as the President of the National Federation of Women Workers between 1906 and 1911 and she then became the organisation’s General Secretary until her death.

HAL Fisher, the President of the Board of Education, said that he believed that all education authorities should adopt standard scales of pay for teachers in public elementary schools.

Lord Chalmers left the UK to visit the United States, to discuss the long-term obligations of the demand notes which were held by the country by way of cash advances to the UK during the First World War. Chalmers had recently served as the Permanent Secretary to the Treasury and it wasn’t until December 2014 that the British taxpayer repaid all of the war debt which had been financed in different ways.