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7th August 1914 - The Great War, Day by Day - The Wartime Memories Project

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The Wartime Memories Project - The Great War - Day by Day



7th August 1914

On this day:


  • The Battle of Liege   The German 14th Brigade broke through the defenses between the forts of Liege and entered the city, forcing the Belgian garrison to surrender. The forts continued to hold, halting further progress, though they were now exposed to attack from behind. the German's brought up a 420mm Siege Howitzer and Austrian built 305mm mortars. The forts had not been constructed to withstand such heavy artillery and were pounded into submission with Fort Boncelles being the last to fall on the 16th of August.

  • Lord Kitchener begins recruiting campaign   Lord Kitchener, the war minister, began his recruiting campaign by calling for men aged between 19 and 30 to form new Battalions to boost the British Army which numbered 247,432 regular troops.

  • 1st West Yorks move to Scotland   1st Battalion West Yorkshire Regiment leave their base at Lichfield and move to Dunfermline to assist in the defence of the River Clyde.

  • 3rd West Yorks man the Tyne Garrison   3rd Battalion West Yorkshire Regiment moved from their base in York to Whitley Bay as part of the Tyne Garrison.

  • 2nd West Surrey's move cancelled   10.30 A.M. Order re move to Cape Town cancelled. Orders received for battalion to hold itself in readiness to proceed to England at an early date.

  • Reservists to unit   2nd Battalion - Royal Irish Regiment

    Friday, August 7th, 1914 - Devonport

    First batch of reservists, 300 odd arrived from Depot.

    Lt. MCC Harrison as Brigade Billeting Officer left for Aldershot.

  • 7th Aug 1914 Volunteers Wanted

  • 7th Aug 1914 Reorganisation





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  • Pte. John Joseph Hardy. Royal Scots Fusiliers Read their Story.

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