BORN TODAY: Vilhjálmur Hjálmarsson – Icelandic politician.
Western Front: An anonymous nursing sister spends her day helping to care for 1175 wounded British soldiers on hospital trains…
“When I think of the Red Cross practices on boy scouts, and the grim reality, it makes one wonder. And the biggest wonder of all is the grit there is in them [the wounded soldiers], and the price they are individually and unquestioningly paying for doing their bit in this war”.
[Diary of A Nursing sister on the Western Front, 1914-1915]
In East Africa: The German cruiser Konisberg sails into Zanzibar harbour and disables HMS Pegasus with the loss of thirty one crew members.
On the Home Front: in the East of England, on Hartham Common just outside Hertford, the local rector (priest) holds an outdoor service for troops and local civilians, telling them that “the country has entered this war for the sake of honour. The very existence of our country depends on our entering into this undertaking and we have to go on until victory is assured”.
In the uncharted waters off the Aleutian Islands, the US Revenue Cutter USRC Tahoma, which is enforcing summer fisheries regulations and assisting with search and rescue missions, strikes a reef and sinks. Fortunately, no lives are lost.