30th November 1914 (Monday)

BORN TODAY: in Hounslow, Middlesex, England – George Frederick Joffre Hartree, better known as Charles Hawtrey – comedy actor whose career started aged 8 with “Tell your Children” (1922) and ended uproariously in a “Carry on Abroad” (1972).



29th November 1914 (Sunday)

BORN TODAY: in Kingston, Jamaica – Coleridge George Emerson Goode, British jazz bassist.




Western Front: Across the English Channel/ French La Manche, the SS Brighton (IV) carries King George V from Newhaven on England’s south coast to Dieppe in France for his first visit to troops at the front. As a souvenir of the occasion the ships’ captain is presented with a gold tie pin from the King.


28th November 1914 (Saturday)

BORN TODAY: in Springhill, Nova Scotia – Arthur James Cochran Wilson, Canadian crystallographer.



Global finance: After a four month closure, the New York Stock Exchange re-opens for bond trading, but not yet for buying and selling equities.


Society and culture: In response to recent complaints from cinema go-ers in London’s Holloway district, the local police station sends an undercover officer to observe behaviour at the “Rink” cinema in Finsbury Park. [“Khaki Fever Moral Panic: Female spectators and women police at the Finsbury Park Rink cinema, London, 1913-1919”, by Alex Rock].


27th November 1914 (Friday)

BORN TODAY: in Neu-Ulm, Bavaria – Gustav Knittel, many time decorated Nazi Party Sturmbannführer and convicted war criminal. [Wikipedia]



Society and culture: In Grantham in England, Mrs Edith Smith becomes Britain’s first ever police woman “called in by Lincolnshire’s Chief Constable to help deal with the upsurge in prostitution in the area because huge numbers of new army recruits were billeted there for training. Such was the seriousness of the problem that the Town Council and local Watch Committee were persuaded by the Chief Constable to allow her to be sworn in with full powers of arrest”.


26th November 1914 (Thursday)

BORN TODAY: in Ludvika, Sweden – Birgit Ridderstedt, immigrant to America and Swedish-American folk singer of the 1950s and 1960s.



Shipping Accidents: Off the coast of Sheerness, in England’s Thames estuary, an internal explosion destroys HMS Bulwark, claiming the lives of 738 men.


Society & Culture: In London’s Holloway district, a local resident visits the police station to file a complaint that “while watching a film at the “Rink” [cinema] a couple of nights before, he ‘saw several acts of indecency between males and females occupying seats near where he and his wife were sitting’ ” [“Khaki Fever Moral Panic: Female spectators and women police at the Finsbury Park Rink cinema, London, 1913-1919”, by Alex Rock]

24th November 1914 (Tuesday)


~ in Lushnjë, Albania – Fahredin Nuri, hydraulic engineer.


~ in London – Lynn Russell Chadwick, architect turned semi-abstract sculptor.



Ernest Shackleton’s antarctic expedition photographs the Head of Moraine Fjord, South Georgia, in a silver bromide print which will later be presented to Britain’s King George V,