The Wartime Memories Project - The Great War - Day by Day
19th August 1914On this day:
- 30th Brigade RFA entrain On the 19th August 30th Brigade RFA entrained to Marley.
- USA to remain neutral President Woodrow Wilson announces that the United Stated of America will remain neutral.
- Canada to provide Expeditionary Force The raising of an expeditionary force to send overseas is authorised by the Canadian Parliament.
- RFC make first reconnaissance flight The first RFC reconnaissance flight over German positions is made by Lt G Mapplebeck of No 4 Squadron in a BE2a, and Captain P Joubert de la Ferté of No 3 Squadron in a Bleriot XI-2.
- Serbian Forces victorious At the Battle of Cer also known as Battle of Jadar, the Serbian Forces, led by General Stepa Stepanovic, unexpectedly defeated the Austro-Hungarian 5th army forcing a retreat from Serbian territory. 18,500 Austro-Hungarians were killed or wounded and 6,500 were captured. The Serbians only lost around 5,000 men. This was the first victory of the Allied forces in the Great War and did much to boost morale.
- Austrailian troops sail from Sydney 1500 men of the Australian Expeditionary Force boarded the Berrima in Sydney to sail to Palm Island for training
- Kaiser Wilhelm II Gives his famous Order of the Day The famous "Order of the Day" was given by the Kaiser, Wilhelm II, on the 19th August, 1914:- "It is my Royal and Imperial Command that you concentrate your energies, for the immediate present upon one single purpose, and that is that you address all your skill and all the valour of my soldiers, to exterminate first, the treacherous English,
walk over General French’s contemptible little Army."
The men of the British Expeditionary Force took it with good humour and embraced being called contemptible, and from that day on they would be forever known as "The Old Contemptibles".
- 35th Heavy Battery land in France. 35th Heavy Battery, Royal Garrison Artillery landed at Boulogne.
- 19th Aug 1914 Are we Down Hearted?
- 2nd West Surreys leave camp Battalion left Roberts' Heights with all it's heavy baggage. Married Families were left behind.
- Practice manouvres 2nd Battalion - Royal Irish Regiment
Wednesday, August 19th, 1914 - Taisnieres
Companies at disposal of Company Commanders practice of attack. First payments in the field made to Companies. It takes 2 ˝ hours to pay out 5 Francs a man and obtain their signature. The system is an impossible one. The Captain’s signature to the whole payment should suffice.
We heard through the ASC that we move to St. Remy and from there do a 24 hour march further forward. Evidently the A.S.C. are as rare a means of giving away information as ever.
- Platoon Training for 1st East Lancs 1st Battalion East Lancashire Regiment spent the 19th and 20th of August 1914
engaged in Platoon training around Harrow camp.
- 19th Aug 1914 On the Move
- 19th Aug 1914 Cheering
- 19th Aug 1914 On the Move
- 19th Aug 1914 Concert
- 19th Aug 1914 Route March
- 30th Brigade RFA in action On Sunday the 23rd August the unit came into contact with advancing German Forces approximately one and a half miles from the Belgian town of Mons, where at 3.45pm in the afternoon the 130th battery opened fire leading the 30th Howitzer Brigade into action.
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