The Duchess of Portland speaking on Ladies Day during Mansfield Bond Week, promoting the sales of War Bonds.

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The Duchess of Portland speaking on Ladies Day during Mansfield Bond Week, promoting the sales of War Bonds.

Courtesy of Nottinghamshire Archives

Market Place
Mansfield
England

The Cavendish-Bentinck family of Welbeck Abbey, has quite an extensive history. The first Duke of Portland attained Peerage of Great Britain in 1716. This was William Henry Bentinck, who was already Earl of Portland. The dukedom came into the possession of the Cavendish-Bentinck family by marriage. The 3rd Duke of Portland, William Henry Cavendish Bentinck, 3rd Duke of Portland, Marquis of Titchfield, Earl of Portland, Viscount Woodstock, Baron of Cirencester. (April 14, 1738 - October 30, 1809) was the most famous, as statesman and Prime Minister. The Duchess seen here is the wife of the 6th Duke of Portland: William John Arthur Charles James Cavendish-Bentinck (1857-1943), who was Duke between 1879-1943. Her name was Winifred, Duchess of Portland (Winifred Dallas-Yorke). The Dukedom of Portland became extinct on the 9th Duke's death, though the 9th Duke's distant cousin succeeded him as Earl of Portland. The photograph shows the Duchess promoting the sales of War Bonds during the first World War. During World War One, the range of roles open to women was immense: they manned factories, invested in war bonds, harvested crops, and cared for troops on leave. They also enlisted in the armed forces. (In World War One, approximately 80,000 women served in the three British women's forces as non-combatants). They were also powerful within the field of propaganda: their images used in posters to encourage men to fight, and presenting white feathers to those who didn't. During the war Britain had to employ several measures to increase finance. Income tax and duties on luxury imports were put up and people were encouraged to buy war bonds from the state by posters and promotional events such as the one seen here.

Date: 1918

Organisation Reference: NCCW000840

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