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

8th August 1914

On this day:

  • New Laws in Britain   The Defence of the Realm Act came into force, with restrictions designed to keep morale in Britain high and to help prevent invasion and read: "His Majesty in Council has power during the continuance of the present war to issue regulations as to the powers and duties of the Admiralty and Army Council, and of the members of His Majesty's forces, and other persons acting in His behalf, for securing the public safety and the defence of the realm; and may, by such regulations, authorise the trial by courts martial and punishment of persons contravening any of the provisions of such regulations designed

    (a) To prevent persons communicating with the enemy or obtaining information for that purpose or any purpose calculated to jeopardise the success of the operations of any of His Majesty's forces or to assist the enemy; or

    (b) To secure the safety of any means of communication, or of railways, docks or harbours; in like manner as if such persons were subject to military law and had on active service committed an offence under section 5 of the Army Act.

    Restrictions included, the discussion of Military matters in public, a ban on melting down silver or gold, lighting of fireworks, bonfires and the flying of kites. It also gave the government powers to take over land, factories or workshops for the war effort and to censor newspapers and letters from abroad, as well as powers to try civilians caught breaking these laws.

  • 1st Royal Fusiliers at Kinsale   Sixty men and three Officers of the 1st Royal Fusiliers were detailed to go out Horse-Hunting from the barracks at Kinsale. They returned with about 50 horses and unit was ready to depart.

  • Shooting match at Tandragee   On Saturday 8th August 1914 the Ulster Volunteer Force held a shooting competition at the rifle range in Tandragee demesne with teams from the Clare, Laurelvale, Tandragee and Scarva Companies participating.

  • HMS Bristol in action   200 miles south of Bermuda HMS Bristol engaged the German Cruiser Karlesruhe, damaging the vessel and forcing her to seek rrefuge in a neutral port in the West Indies. The British cruiser was undamaged.

    Teesdale Mercury

  • 4th West Yorks leave York   4th Battalion, West Yorkshire Regiment left York in early August 1914 to take up a defensive role at Falmouth.

  • Reservists to unit   2nd Battalion - Royal Irish Regiment

    Saturday, August 8th, 1914 - Devonport

    Second lot of reservists arrived and we are now practically ready and complete to proceed on active service.

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  • 8th Aug 1914 More Volunteers

  • 8th Aug 1914 Company Training

  • 8th Aug 1914 On the Move

  • 8th Aug 1914 The Colours

  • 8th Aug 1914 Cavalry Arrives

  • 8th Aug 1914 Training

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