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29th September - 5th October 1914

This Week in 1914

3rd October – German Naval Lieutenant Karl Lody is arrested in London. He had been travelling under a false American passport, and attempted to pass British naval intelligence back to the German high command. His messages had been intercepted from the start however, and the only one that was allowed through was a rumour of Russian troops landing in Scotland bound for the Western Front. He was arrested on the 2nd of October, tried by court martial, and sentenced to execution by firing squad. His captors described him as a brave man – his spymaster, on the other hand wrote that “his capabilities for such important work were practically nil”

4th October – 8000 British troops, including 2000 men of the Royal Naval division, reach Antwerp to help bolster the demoralised Belgian defenders. Many of the British soldiers had only joined up since the outbreak of war, two-thirds of them had only just begun training, and many had never used a rifle or an entrenching tool. They arrived at Ostend in London buses that still had their peacetime routes and destinations on the front. Another 22,000 British regular troops arrived at Ostend in the next few days, but could not move to Antwerp without French support.

29th September - 5th October 1914
29th September - 5th October 1914

Sources

Gilbert, M First World War

Keighley News Archives (accessed via Bradford libraries website)

Askwith, R (ed.) A History of the Great War in 100 Moments

22nd September - 28th September 1914

This Week in 1914

22nd September – The German light cruiser Emden bombarded the Burma Oil Company depot at Madras, igniting 50,000 tons of naval fuel oil. Fortunately for Madras, the wind blew the flames out towards the sea.

23rd September – Three British Cruisers, the Aboukir, the Cressy and the Hogue, were torpedoed and sunk by the German Submarine U-9 within the space of an hour. Of 2296 sailors aboard, only 837 were rescued.



22nd September - 28th September 1914

- Keighley News, 26th September 1914


Sources

Gilbert, M First World War

Keighley News Archives (accessed via Bradford libraries website)

Askwith, R (ed.) A History of the Great War in 100 Moments



15th September - 21st September 2014

This Week in 1914

15th September - 21st September 1914

15th September - 21st September 1914

Sources

Keighley News Archives (accessed via Bradford libraries website)