It is hard not to notice in the D&S of 100 years ago how the long shadow of the First World War still stretched across the country.

In one article, the paper tells how at Northallerton, W Salter, miner, of Normanton, near Wakefield was charged with attempted suicide after the early morning postman had found him bleeding profusely on Wiske Bridge, near Great Smeaton.

The only items in his pockets were two war medals and a razor.

Darlington and Stockton Times: The long shadow of the First World War seen in 1923 D&S

The court heard he had been discharged from the Army as medically unfit. His condition prevented him for resuming work and, unable to support his wife, he had become depressed. His brother agreed to take him home and care for him.

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Even worse, on the other side of the page, the paper told how a search by 150 people had found the body of William Frankland, 28, a butcher from Thornaby, in Leven Wood, near Yarm. He had been severely wounded in the leg while serving for the 4th West Yorkshire Regiment, and had suffered extreme pain ever since – extreme pain that was untreatable and that was getting worse.

His suicide left a widow and young family. The D&S said: “The deputy coroner said it was a lamentable case. The man’s death could be attributed entirely to the wounds he had received during the war.”

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