100 Years Ago – 5 January 1921
Concerns were raised about the newly implemented Education Act, which had limited the work that those under the age of 17 could do. They were no longer allowed to sell newspapers or fruit from carts and there were a concern that this might have negative financial implications for the children and their families. It was also evident that police were finding it difficult to know what age someone was, as there was no requirement for a street trader to produce a document to prove how old they were.
10,000 coffins sent from the United States arrived in Cherbourg, France and these were to be sent to the French front to place the remains of American soldiers in who had died during the First World War.
It was announced that Japan was increasing its naval military strength and three large battleships had been ordered, all of which were being produced in England.