30th October 1914 (Friday)

BORN TODAY: in Lanchester, County Durham, England – John Wilson, inside-right (soccer player) for West Bromwich Albion, Port Vale, Wigan Athletic and Shrewsbury Town.



War at Sea: His Majesty’s Hospital Ship (HMHS) Rohilla stikes a reef off the Yorkshire coast, and sinks with the loss of 86 lives.


Espionage: In London, the court martial of the German spy Carl Hans Lody begins. Lody is “charged with two offences of war treason concerning the two letters he had sent from Edinburgh on 27 September and Dublin on 30 September. In both letters, the charge sheet stated that Lody had sought “to convey to a belligerent enemy of Great Britain, namely Germany” information relating to the UK’s defences and preparations for war.” [Wikipedia].





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