Thursday, August 7, 2014


First World War Centenary: Lamps to go out across Britain to Commemorate Dead.

A century after Foreign Secretary Edward Grey ominously observed on the eve of the First World War that “the lamps are going out all over Europe” homes, offices and public buildings in Britain and around the globe will dim the lights in memory of the start of the conflict.

Read about it HERE

Final moments: The Archduke of Austria Franz Ferdinand with his wife Sophie in Sarajevo minutes before their assassination at the hands of Serb nationalist Gavrilo Princip.

Arresting Princip’s fellow conspirator Nedeljko Cabrinovic after a failed attempt to kill the Archduke on the same day.

I have stood on that very same spot and looked at the bridge where Archduke Franz Ferdinand and his wife were assassinated - S.L.

Crowds in central London cheer Britain’s declaration of war on Germany

The innocents: New recruits, with bicycles, training with the British Army in 1914.

1914: A lone soldier with a bicycle stands amid the remains of a German motor convoy which lines a country lane after an attack by French field guns in the battle of the Aisne in France

German infantry advance through Belgium in August 1914

Civilians near the Austrian lines in Serbia are strung up – probably as a reprisal for guerrilla resistance to the invaders.

Captured soldiers of the Russian 2nd Army after their defeat at the Battle of Tannenberg.

Wounded and exhausted British and Belgian soldiers retreating after the Battle of Mons.

Things started to get ugly, early - S.L.

Supporting troops of the 1st Australian Division walking on a duckboard track near Hooge, in the Ypres Sector

Early indications that this thing wasn't exactly going to be a walk in the park . . .



  1. I too have stood on that bridge.
    Both of my Grandfathers wound up going to France in '18. Fortunately both came back in one piece.
    Boat Guy

  2. My Maternal Grandfather was drafted in 1917 and was preparing to ship overseas when the Armistice was signed. He passed in February of 1963 at the age of 66 of cancer.