The Wartime Memories Project - The Great War - Day by Day
6th August 1914On this day:
- The Battle of Liege The Germans brought up field howiters and fought through the village of Queue-di-Bois taking the high ground looking down on the city of Liege. German General Ludendorff sent a party under a flag of truce to demand the Belgian's surrender of the city, but this was refused by Lt General Leman. The Belgian forts stood up to the German artillery bombardment, with only one, Fort Fleron being put out of action as the cupola mechanism was destroyed by Shell fire. Leman moved his HQ back to Fort Loncin on the western side of the city.
- 2nd West Surrey's on manoeuvres In South Africa the Pretoria District Infantry Brigade, including 2nd Bn. The Queen's, are on a trek from Potchefstroom, where it had just carried out manoeuvres. The total distance was about 110 miles. The final march into Roberts' Heights on this date was 27 miles. At 7.30 P.M. The battalion received urgent order to proceed to Cape Town on Aug. 8th.
- Zeppelin raids. On 6 August 1914 the German Zeppelin Z6 (LZ21) bombed the Belgian city of Liège, killing nine civilians. It was dropping artillery shells instead of bombs, but the ship's inadequate lift kept it at low altitude so that the bullets and shrapnel from defending fire penetrated the hull. The ship limped back towards Cologne, but had to be set down near Bonn in a forest, completely wrecking it.
- HMS Murray launched HMS Murray, an M Class destroyer was the first ship to carry the name HMS Murray and was built by Palmer at Jarrow. It was laid down 4th December 1913, launched 6th August 1914 and completed December 1914. Weighing 1010 tons she was armed with 3-4in, 1-2pdr, 4-21in tt. She was based at Harwich from 1914 to 1917 with a short spell at Dover in 1916, then served in the Mediterranean 1917-18. HMS Murray saw action off the Belgian Coast in 1916.
She was sold 9th May 1921 to Ward of Briton Ferry and was broken up in January 1923
- HMS Ampion lost HMS Amphion hit a mine and sank in North Sea with the loss of 151 lives.
- 3rd Monmouths join Welsh Border Brigade The 3rd Monthouths joined the Welsh Border Brigade at Oswestry. It rained continuously for days as the Battalion settled under canvas, advanced parties had been sent to Oswestry where the Division was to assemble. The Brigade, including the 3rd Mons, were moved en masse to Oswestry, a prosperous, country town which welcomed the huge body of troops arriving at such short notice. The Battalion had simple fare, rested in local establishments and was in fine spirits. The Battalion's animals and vehicles were moved by road and arrived a few days later, the organisation being made by Lieutenant Martin the Purchasing Officer who had bought the horses in Monmouthshire County.
- 6th Aug 1914 Colours Laid up
- 6th Aug 1914 Hunt for the Storeship
- 6th Aug 1914 Hot and Close
- 6th Aug 1914 Reservists Arrive
- 6th Aug 1914 Training
- 6th Aug 1914 Mobilisation
- 6th Aug 1914 Training
- 6th Aug 1914 Reservists
- 8th Dec 1914
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