During World War I, Official War News telegrams were despatched to the city of Birmingham each Saturday from 16 August 1914 to 15 November 1918. The telegrams summarised battle information for the previous week. Among our collections, we have a volume of these telegrams which states that once received, they were exhibited in the Birmingham Head Post Office.
The above photograph shows a telegram dated 9th November 1918. After a report on the week’s troop and battle news, the final paragraph declares,
‘The German Chancellor announces that “the Kaiser and King has decided to renounce the Throne”. No other news of importance to hand.’