Punch Cartoon 07

Today’s Punch cartoon about a butcher’s shop is accompanied by a real life report of a riot involving a butcher’s in 1915.

The Humour of the Great War

This cartoon was published in Punch on 19th August 1914. Strangely enough in Earlestown, near St Helens, there was an actually incident involving a butcher’s shop in May 1915. I found a report of the anti-German riot while researching the Newton-le-Willows and Earlestown war memorial.


Cartoon by C. Harrison

Published in Punch 19th August 1914

Here is the report of the Earlestown Riot:

Anti-German Riot
In Earlestown
Extraordinary Scenes

Newton and Earlestown Guardian 14th May 1915

Earlestown on Monday night was the centre of a scene absolutely unprecedented in its history. The primary cause was, of course, the bitter feeling that has been gradually growing stronger against German aliens throughout the country-a feeling which reached fever heat on the day following the sinking of the “Lusitania,” gathered in intensity on the Sunday, and then, when Monday’s papers told the tale of how Liverpool had set the example on Sunday evening…

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