The Press tries to help

Now that George was officially ‘missing’, Kittie could draw on George’s and her contacts in the world of print to publicise the fact and appeal nationwide for any information about him. She was extremely energetic about this. She first wrote to The Times, as this was the newspaper George was most associated with:

Times notice of "missing" status

The same text was printed in yesterday’s Evening Standard — one of the newspapers for which George had written whilst in Russia as a young man. Today, Friday 16 July 1915, the Evening Standard produced its own new item (immediately below), and at least ten other national publications followed suit right through to August. The item in the Daily Mirror below is notable for describing George for the first time as ‘severely’ wounded, and the last item, from London Opinion, is evidently by someone who knew him. From this time until 1926 Kittie subscribed to two press cutting agencies. The images in this post are taken from her collection.

Evening Standard notice of "missing" status

Daily Mirror notice of "missing" status

London Opinion notice of "missing" status

Next entry: Katy’s hat trick

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About Patrick Miles

I am a writer who specialises in Anton Chekhov and is writing a biography of George Calderon.
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