100 Years Ago – 30 March 1920

30 March 1920

Sir Nevil Macready was appointed as the new commander of the troops in Ireland, moving from his role as the Chief Commissioner of the London Police. Macready was reluctant to take the role, as he wasn’t keen on moving to Ireland, but he retained it until Irish independence in 1922.

It was announced that tramworkers were planning to go on strike following a failure to increase wages to help workers pay for the recent price increase of bread. At a meeting held at the National Transport Workers’ Federation, it was said that workers needed a pay increase to fund increasing prices, particularly now that coal now also cost workers more.

Further election results from Urban District Councils were announced, with Labour gaining two seats in Ilford and of the twelve seats they contested in Walthamstow, nine were won by Labour.