23rd October 1914 (Friday)

BORN TODAY: in London, England – Ian Clifford Henry, a “right-handed batsman who bowled leg break…  made a single first class  appearance in 1937, in a match which Oxford University won [and Henry’s team lost] by ten wickets. This was his only first-class appearance”. [Wikipedia]



Eastern Front: In Poland, Russian troops recapture the town of Jarosław. [Burg & Purcell].

Western Front: The first Indian soldiers arrive in the trenches around Laventie, in the region of Allœu to the west of Lille, to provide support to the British units and the French Cavalry Corps.


In the Middle East: Having left Bombay (now Mumbai) a week ago, the Indian 16th Brigade reaches Bahrain and is immediately ordered to move up towards the Shatt-Al-Arab waterway (at the head of the Persian / Arabian gulf) in order to protect British interests in the Gulf. Turkey is still, theoretically at least, a neutral country, with significant – but weak – imperial outposts stretching across (what is now) Modern Syria and Iraq, as far as the Gulf.


War at Sea: In the South Atlantic, the British refrigerated cargo ship “Hurstdale” is captured by a German light cruiser. The merchantmen are taken as prisoners of war and the vessel is sent to the ocean floor.



In New Zealand, farmer George spends his leisure time re-reading Sir Arthur Coan-Doyle’s “The hound of the Baskervilles”.