Chronology of the Great War

August 1914

August 1914

Date Events
1 Royal Navy ordered to mobilise
2 British government guarantees naval protection of French coasts
2 German forces cross frontier into neutral Luxembourg
2 Hostilities commence on French-German frontier
3 British Parliament: Grey's speech
3 British government orders general mobilisation of the army :
3 Germany declares war on British ally, France
4 British government sends ultimatum to Germany
4 11pm. British government declares war on Germany
4 Germany declares war on neutral Belgium
4 German forces cross frontier into Belgium
4 Germany and Turkey sign an alliance
4 British Grand Fleet constituted
4 Key staff of British Expeditionary Force (BEF) appointed
5 First meeting of British War Council
6 Lord Kitchener apponted as Secretary of State for War
7 First elements of BEF land in France
8 British forces cross frontier into Togoland and occupy Lome
8 Hostilities commence in East Africa
12 Britain and France declare war on Austria-Hungary
13 First squadrons of Royal Flying Corps fly to France
13 In Togoland, Allied advance on Kamina begins
15 German forces cross frontier into British East Africa and occupy Taveta
16 Landing of original BEF completed in France
19 First elements of Indian Expeditionary Force "C" leave India for East Africa
21 German forces cross frontier into British South West Africa
21 Orders are issued in Britain for raising of First New Army
23 Battle of Mons
24 First elements of Indian Expeditionary Force "A" leave India for France
25 Britisih forces cross Nigerian frontier into the Cameroons
26 Battle of Le Cateau
26 German forces in Togoland capitulate to Allies
27 Royal Marines and a unit of Royal Naval Air Service land at Ostend in Belgium
30 New Zealand force lands at Samoa
31 Franco-British agreement defining provisional zones in Togoland