100 Years Ago – 5 May 1920

5 May 1920

The Archbishop of Canterbury suggested an amendment to the Matrimonial Causes Bill in the House of Lords which would have prevented the remarriage of a divorced person, but this was defeated by one vote. Lord Buckmaster said that he respected the consciences of the clergy, but that the Church hadn’t since the Reformation prevented an innocent divorced person from being remarried.

The House of Commons debated what form of memorial would be erected to commemorate those who had died during the First World War. There was broad agreement that everyone who died during the conflict should be treated equally, regardless of the office which they held.

The demand by railwaymen for an increase in their wages reached the Central Wages Board, but they were unable to make a decision, so it was transferred to the National Wages Board.