Daily life became subject to increasing regulation and control during the war. The Defence of the Realm Act empowered the government to take such measures as were deemed necessary for ‘securing the public safety and the defence of the realm’ and a flood of orders followed to curb activities which might harm the war effort or assist the enemy.
Censorship of the press and of letters from the front was introduced and the spreading of ‘reports likely to cause disaffection or alarm among any of His Majesty’s forces or among the civilian population’ was forbidden.
Seemingly harmless activities such as kite-flying were banned, church bells were silenced and the wasting of food on wild animals prohibited. British Summer Time was introduced in May 1916 to maximise the working hours in the day. The threat of air raids brought the introduction of a strictly enforced blackout. Kerbs and trees were white-washed to reduce accidents at night.Read More