Pembroke Lodge threw a suprise birthday party this week for one of our resident’s Kathleen Dalley who reached the milestone of 100. You can read more about Kathleen’s celebrations in this article from the local paper, the Argus.
To give an idea of what was happening the year Kathleen was born (in 1917):
- The year was dominated by World War 1
- Bread rationing was introduced
- Formation of Women’s Land Army, superseding the Women’s National Land Service Corps.
- Establishment of the Imperial War Cabinet
- Food Hoarding Order issued to prevent households from hoarding food in short supply
- The Monarch was King George V who issued a proclamation stating that the male line of descendants of the British Royal Family will bear the surname Windsor
- First Cottingley Fairies photographs taken, apparently depicting fairies. A hoax not admitted by the child creators until 1981
- The Corn Production Act 1917 comes into force. This guarantees minimum prices for wheat and oats and specifies a minimum wage for agricultural workers
- Sir Arthur Lee donates the country house Chequers to the nation
- Women’s Royal Naval Service established
- British government imposes rationing of sugar (8oz per person per week)
- Average wage was £101.02
- The Prime Minister was David Lloyd George (Coalition)
It is such a wonderful achievement to reach a centenary and we are delighted she enjoyed her unexpected party!