31 August 1914

Aug 31

August 1914
Monday 31
Fair day, rain indications with light
fall at night. At office. A little labour
business doing. News from the seat
of war indicates that desperate
fighting is taking place over the
borders of France & the German forces
are gradually working their way to
wards Paris but losing scores of
thousands of men in their endeavour
to break through the Allie’s defences.
British troops fight gallantly & though
the enemy are in vastly superior
numbers the Allied troops retreat
in good order & take up fresh defen
sive positions. Russian troops have
invested theGreat German stronghold
Konisberg. Japan invested Kaio
Chau [Kiao Chau]. New Zealand advance contingent
landed at Samoa (Capital Apia) &
hoisted the British Flag thus taking
Germanys fine Pacific colony.31 August 1914

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30 August 1914

Aug 30

 

August 1914
Sunday 30
At home all day. Light rain dur
ing the afternoon. Did some digging
& planted out a few roses Etc.
Played Leo 2 games of chess at night.30 August 1914

29 August 1914

Aug 29

August 1914
Saturday 29
Fine day. Digging
before breakfast. At office. Not
much doing. Everybody excited
over War news. British & German fleets
had a “go” off the coast of Germany &
2 German cruisers & 2 Torpedo
boats sunk & others badly
damaged, 2 British cruisers dam
aged only. Terrific fighting along
the French frontier the Germans
through sheer force of numbers forc
ing the Allies back, though the enemy
lost a great number of men. Belgian
troops, about 80,000 attacked the Ger
mans & drove them out of Malines where
the Germans had taken possession & driven
60000 inhabitants out. Indian troops on
the way to assist Britain & Maharajah
of Mysore given £416,000 towards their
expenses. Russian troops reckon to reach
Berlin in 3 weeks time.29 August 1914

28 August 1914

Aug 28

August 1914
Friday 28
Digging before breakfast.
At office. Not much doing.
Petersen in re purchasing of pro
perty & I showed him Holloways
in Cricket Street at £250.
War news state that the
British Cruiser Highflyer sank
the Armoured merchantman of the
German navy, the Kaiser Wilhelm
de Grosse off West Africa. Heavy
fighting between the Allies & Germans
round Nancy, Maline’s, the valley
of the Meuse & other parts of Belgium
& border of France. British fighting
splendidly & British Marines have
landed at Ostend. Russians advance
ing in overwhelming numbers through
East Prussia & driving the German
Army before them, 4,000,000 troops being on
the march & another 4,000,000 getting
ready to follow.28 August 1914

27 August 1914

Aug 27

August 1914
Thursday 27
Fine day. Put in ¾ of
an hour before breakfast at digging.
Down to office. Not much doing.
O Sykes called & got pars [particulars] of 1196
acres near Waverley. Saw Mr C
Wilton re property in Lincoln Road
& Worksop Rd. News from Europe
state that the battles are still
being fought vigorously between
the Allies & the German forces
with varying success on either
side. At Charleroi a great
battle took place the German gain
the advantage but later the French
were reinforced & retook several
positions from which they had been
driven. Zeppelin Airships dropp
ed bombs into Antwerp creating
great panic & doing some damage &
killed a number of people.
Austria declared war against Japan

August 1914
Thursday 27
Fine day. Put in ¾ of
an hour before breakfast at digging.
Down to office. Not much doing.
O Sykes called & got pars [particulars] of 1196
acres near Waverley. Saw Mr C
Wilton re property in Lincoln Road
& Worksop Rd. News from Europe
state that the battles are still
being fought vigorously between
the Allies & the German forces
with varying success on either
side. At Charleroi a great
battle took place the German gain
the advantage but later the French
were reinforced & retook several
positions from which they had been
driven. Zeppelin Airships dropp
ed bombs into Antwerp creating27 August 1914
great panic & doing some damage &
killed a number of people.
Austria declared war against Japan

26 August 1914

Aug 26

August 1914
Wednesday 26
Cousin Herbert Welch who has been
ill for some time with
Diabetes died over at Bellarat in Austra
lia, at 1.30 today.
Harold Welch & R Bannister going over on Friday.
Before breakfast I put in about
¾ of an hour digging in the garden.
At office. Not much doing. Mr
C Wilton of Opaki in & I showed
him Dixon’s, Lehndorf’s, Welch’s in
Lincoln Rd; Chisholm’s & others.
News in from war state that 300,
000 German troops passed through
Brussells [Brussels] working towards the French
frontier. Belgian flying columns have
have driven the German forces from
round Antwerp. Mobilis
ing of Italian troops taking place on
the Austrian frontier 75,000
already being concentrated. Russians
advancing on Konigsberg, strong German
fort, where serious fighting will take
place.26 August 1914

25 August 1914

Aug 25

August 1914
Tuesday 25
Fine day. Put in nearly an hour
at digging in the garden before
breakfast. At office. Busy with labour
correspondence. News from the
front state that Great battle
proceeding between the allies
& German forces & that the
former are holding their posi
tions very well. Russians all
along the line driving the enemy
before them. Several vessells [vessels]
foundered off the Danish coast
through striking mines laid by
Germany contrary to internation
al law which provides that such
shall not be laid in trade channells [channels]
off neutral coasts.25 August 1914