19th May 1915 (Wednesday)

BORN TODAY: in London – Renee Asherson, English actress.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ren%C3%A9e_Asherson

Volcano! – At Lassen Peak in California the first of two huge eruptions is observed from a safe distance after dark, including “incandescent boulders rolling down its west side around sunset”.

http://www.msss.com/earth/lassen/lassen2.html

War!

Gallipoli: At the “Third Attack on ANZAC cove” the Turkish Army suffers 3000 dead and another 7000 injured in a vain attempt to drive Australian and New Zealand invaders back into the sea.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Third_attack_on_Anzac_Cove

Advertisements

9th February 1915 (Tuesday)

BORN TODAY: In Paddington, London – Lennard Pearce, theatre and later television actor best known (in England, but perhaps no wider) as Edward Kitchener “Ted” Trotter (“grandad”).

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lennard_Pearce

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grandad_(Only_Fools_and_Horses)

 

23rd December 1914 (Wednesday)

BORN  TODAY:

~ Alfred Dompert, German steeple-chaser.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alfred_Dompert

~ Dr. Hildegard Bartels, economist, and the first woman to be head of a federal authority in the Federal Republic of Germany.

http://www.bundeswahlleiter.de/en/ueber_uns/der_bundeswahlleiter/bartels.html

~ Begum Qudsia Zaidi, “a writer, social worker, and theatre practitioner… best remembered for her pioneering role in establishing the Hindustani Theatre in Delhi in the 1950s”

https://begumqudsiazaidi.wordpress.com/about/

War!

War at Sea: The British trawler “Ocana” strikes a mine in the North Sea and sinks with the loss of nine of her crew.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_shipwrecks_in_December_1914

The Western Front:  “A German soldier, Karl Aldag, reports that both sides had been heard singing hymns in the trenches. German troops coming into the lines bring Christmas trees. Some men begin to place them on the parapets of the fire trenches. Local truce on the front of 23rd Brigade” [The Christmas Truce/ http://www.1914-1918.net/ ].

http://www.1914-1918.net/truce.htm

Your Country Needs You! In England’s west country, the Exeter and Plymough Gazette is offering advice to those who delaying signing-up until after Christmas:

Recruits are being obtained from Devon at the rate of about 25 to 30 a day, but evidently there are still young men who are , hanging back. In all probability, they are waiting until after Christmas, but it cannot be too insistently pointed out to them that the call is urgent. Those who desire to enlist, but want to spend Christmas with their friends, can, by a special arrangement, already recorded in the “Gazette,” meet, their personal wishes socially and, at the same time, prove their patriotism. The arrangement is those who sign on now can have leave over Christmas and draw Army pay. The fact that they are serving their country will, doubtless, enable recruiting agents among other young men of their acquaintance, who may be still hesitating whether to take their place in the ranks, or remain at home with their friends.”

http://www.exetermemories.co.uk/em/_events/1914-this-week.php

3rd December 1914 (Thursday)

BORN TODAY: in London, England – Tanya Moiseiwitsch, theatre designer.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tanya_Moiseiwitsch

War!

The Balkan Front: At the Battle of Kolubara, the Serbs launch their counter-attack against the Austro-Hungarian forces.

http://www.historyofwar.org/articles/battles_kolubra.html

In the Middle East: At the juncture of the Tigris and Euphrates Rivers in Turkish Mesopotamia (now Southern Iraq), an Anglo-Indian force is advancing on the town of Al-Qurnah

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Qurna

The Western Front: at Hazebrouck in the arrondissement of Dunkirk, near the French border with Belgium, Britain’s King George V  and Belgium’s King Albert attend a “march past” of Belgian troops.

http://www.loyalregiment.com/photo-h-m-the-king-visits-the-troops-december-1914/

 

20th October 1914 (Tuesday)

BORN TODAY: in Stockwell, London – Maudie Joan Littlewood, “The Mother of Modern Theatre” [Wikipedia].

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joan_Littlewood

War!

War at Sea: Off the Norwegian coast, the British cargo ship SS Glitra becomes the first merchant vessel ever to be sunk by a submarine when the crew of German U-boat U-17 board her, evacuate the crew and open the ship’s sea cocks. [Burg and Purcell].

Western Front: fighting is intensifying around Ypres, with the arrival of the British 1st Corp and the forward push of the German fourth army.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/First_Battle_of_Ypres

In the (British) Empire: The SS Geelong leaves Hobart in Tasmania, carrying 36 officers and 898 troops bound for Egypt.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-10-17/wwitas-1jpg/5822346

 

 

 

24th July 1914 (Friday)

BORN  TODAY: in Colonial Beach, Virginia, USA, the son of Lithuanian/ Austrian immigrants, – Edwin “Honest Ed” Mirvish, Canadian businessman, philanthropist and theatre impresario.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ed_Mirvish

Labour Relations: In Saint John, New Brunswick, striking street (trolley) car workers supported by 10,000 sympathisers rampage and riot on the city’s streets.

file:///Users/AnthonyFudge/Downloads/11570-15564-1-PB.pdf

Arts and Literature: In Cornwall, in England’s West Country, Forence Munnings (nee Carter-Wood) aged 26, the muse and wife of the artist Alfred Munnings, takes her own life by cyanide poisoning.

http://cornishmuse.blogspot.com/2013/03/summer-in-february-art-in-lamorna-1910.html

 

6th July, 1914 (Monday)

BORN TODAY: in Halifax Nova Scotia – Viola Davis (later Desmond), Canadian black activist  wrongly convicted for tax evasion as a result of a protest over segregation in a New Glasgow theatre, and pardoned posthumously, in 2010, forty five years after her death [Wikipedia].

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Viola_Desmond

World Affairs: In St Petersburg, the Russian government warns Austria not to make unreasonable demands of the Serbians in response to their alleged involvement in the Archduke’s assassination.

Society and Culture: In Kiel, Germany, where the German and British navies have been jointly celebrating “Kiel Week” together, the Kaiser sets off on his annual holiday cruise, heading for Norway. {Almanac of World War 1].

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Almanac-World-War-David-Burg-ebook/dp/B0078XFMK0/ref=sr_1_2?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1403113654&sr=1-2&keywords=almanac+of+world+war+1