Timeline of October 1914

Two British soldiers take cover behind a hedge in Belgium on 13 October 1914. Image Q 53319 from the Sport & General Press Agency collection held by the Imperial War Museum, with my thanks.

Two British soldiers take cover behind a hedge in Belgium on 13 October 1914. Image Q 53319 from the Sport & General Press Agency collection held by the Imperial War Museum, with my thanks.

October 1914

DateEvents
2Indian Expeditionary Force "E" is formed in Egypt from base details that have not sailed with Force "A" to France
3British Expeditionary Force begins to move from the Aisne to Flanders
3First elements of Royal Marine Brigade of Royal Naval Division arrive at Antwerp
3First elements of Canadian and Newfoundland Expeditionary Forces depart for England
6British 7th Division begins to land at Ostend and Zeebrugge with the intention to assisting at siege of Antwerp
7Evacuation of Antwerp begins
8Second British air raid on Germany as airship sheds at Cologne and Dusseldorf are attacked again
10British forces seize Hazebrouck and Estaires
10The Battle of La Bassee begins
11British forces seize Merville
12The Battle of Messines begins
12Lille falls into German hands
12Ghent falls into German hands
13The Battle of Armentieres begins
13British forces occupy Ypres
13First appearance of a German submarine threatening the main Southampton-Le Havre cross-Channel route
14British forces occupy Bailleul
14German forces occupy Bruges
14Allied forces capture Yabasi in the Cameroons
15German forces reach the Belgian coast and occupy Ostend and Zeebrugge
15First elements of Canadian and Newfoundland Expeditionary Forces land in England
16Battle of the Yser begins as Germans attack Belgian force that has withdrawn from Antwerp
16 New Zealand Expeditionary Force leaves home for France
16Indian Expeditionary Force "B" leaves India for East Africa
16First elements of Indian Expeditionary Force "D" leaves India for the Persian Gulf
17Allied forces recapture Armentieres
17German submarines attempt a raid on Grand Fleet anchorage at Scapa Flow
17First elements of Australian Imperial Force depart for France
18British warships bombard Ostend
19The First Battle of Ypres begins
19First elements of Indian Corps reach Flanders
23First elements of Indian Expeditionary Force "D" arrive at Bahrein
26German forces begin unprovoked invasion of Angola (Portuguese West Africa)
26General Sir J. Wolfe Murray appointed British Chief of the Imperial General Staff, replacing General Sir C. Douglas who haad died the previous day
29Turkey commences hostilities against Russia
30Allied governments present ultimatum to Turkey
30British hospital ship "Rohilla" wrecked off Whitby
30Lord Fisher appointed First Sea Lord, replacing Prince Louis of Battenberg who resigned the previous day
31Critical day in First Battle of Ypres: Gheluvelt lost and recaptured
31HMS Hermes sunk by German submarine off Dover
31British government commences hostilities against Turkey
31First elements of Indian Expeditionary Force "B" arrive at Mombasa
31German warship "Konigsberg" is located in Rufiji Delta
31Lord Kitchener sends conditional guarantee of Aerab independence to Sherif of Mecca

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