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During the time of the abbey any form of local self determination by the townspeople of Bury existed solely through the Candlemas Guild and later the Guildhall Feoffment Trust.
1907 Two cinemas 1909 Flooding 1912 The Great War, Mons 1914 Trenches, air raid, Gallipoli 1915 Egypt, drafting, Somme 1916 Ypres, USA enters war 1917 Victory, Women get vote 1918 Flu, Flax factory 1919 Agriculture in decline 1921 Sugar Beet factory 1924 Madam Mayor 1927 Tithe Wars 1931 Culford Estate sold off 1934 Westley Airfield, ARP 1938 Sutton Hoo and War 1939 Dunkirk 1940 Holderness Road bomb 1941 Lakenheath built, Singapore 1942 Flying Forts arrive 1943 Invasion, V1's retaliate 1944 Germany in ruins, VE VJ 1945 Foot of Page The First Battalion of the Suffolk Regiment was in England when the South Africa War broke out in October 1899, and was mobilised and sent to the Cape.The poorest in society would suffer most from many of these changes.The library of books at the abbey does not seem to have attracted much attention from collectors at the time, and M R James thought that they were mostly acquired by local Bury people.Thirty men from the 2nd Volunteer Battalion joined others from East Suffolk, Cambridgeshire and Cambridge University to train at Bury. At 5.30 am, in a blinding snowstorm, they were cheered off at Bury train station by hundreds of local people. Rural life was however, in decline as foreign food imports undermined agricultural prices and thus wages.
On May 12th they joined the 1st Battalion The Suffolk Regiment, at the Vet River. Most people lived in the 500 villages and towns of under 5000 people. Also in decline was the use of water for transport as well as power.
In the first few months the British suffered many reverses.