Defence of the Realm Act of 1914

Defence of the Realm Act of 1914

The Defence of the Realm Act (DORA) of 1914 governed all lives in Britain during World War One. The Defence of the Realm Act was added to as the war progressed and it listed everything that people were not allowed to do in time of war. As World War One evolved, so DORA evolved. The first version of the Defence of the Realm Act was introduced on August 8th 1914. This stated that:

   no-one was allowed to talk about naval or military matters in public places

    no-one was allowed to spread rumours about military matters

   no-one was allowed to buy binoculars

   no-one was allowed to trespass on railway lines or bridges

   no-one was allowed to melt down gold or silver

   no-one was allowed to light bonfires or fireworks

   no-one was allowed to give bread to horses, horses or chickens

   no-one was allowed to use invisible ink when writing abroad

   no-one was allowed to buy brandy or whisky in a railway refreshment room         

    no-one was allowed to ring church bells

   the government could take over any factory or workshop

   the government could try any civilian breaking these laws

   the government could take over any land it wanted to

   the government could censor newspapers

As the war continued and evolved, the government introduced more acts to DORA.

the government introduced British Summer Time to give more daylight for extra work

opening hours in pubs were cut

beer was watered down

customers in pubs were not allowed to buy a round of drinks





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