|America Joins the War
Following on from the Zimmerman Affair, President Woodrow Wilson declares war on Germany
|Lifeboat Man Rewarded
Coxswain Henry G Blogg of Cromer Lifeboat was presented with the Lifeboat Institution’s gold medal for courage and devotion after rescuing the crew of S S Ferebo. The 4-mast steamer struck a mine off Cromer and split in two in rough seas in January 1917.
|Battle on All Fronts
Attacks are launched by the Allies in France, Salonika and Gaza for very few gains. The exception is the success of the Canadians who seize Vimy Ridge.
In an effort to combat the food shortages caused by the German submarine blockade Norfolk people were warned in the press that “If you waste food stuffs or eat more than the recognised daily allowance you are a traitor to your country.” Meanwhile an auctioneer at Wells-next-Sea was fined 60s for selling potatoes in Burnham above the regulated price of the Food Control Act.