Wednesday 5 August 1914 – We lost 9
Reservists of the Irish Guards begin coming into Wellington Barracks. The first to report is Private John Sales, who will be killed in action at a sergeant on 18th May 1915 at age 27.
Airship HMA #4 carries out the first war patrol over the Thames Estuary, flying from Kentish Knock to Barrow Deep. Returning early in the morning, it is fired upon by Territorial forces, in spite of her flying the White Ensign. The War Office is also plagued with reports of a German Zeppelin ‘flying up the Thames’.
The first shot of the Great War by any Allied army is perhaps fired from Point Nepean fort at Port Phillip Heads, Victoria Australia. The target is a German steamer Pfalz which is attempting to leave the port.
The lost include a member of the Liverpool Rugby Football Club and two families who lose multiple sons in the Great War.
- Second Lieutenant Edward Molyneux Cohan who is 25 and serving in the Royal Field Artillery is killed when his horse is startled by a steam engine while he is being mobilized at Salibury Plain and throws him cracking his skull. He is an active member of the Liverpool Rugby Football Club. His brother will die on service in Ceylon in August 1919 make these lost two men, brothers who die with the greatest time in between their deaths in the Great War.
- Private Alfred Abdey of the Berkshire Regiment dies on service at home at age 20. His brother will be killed in October 1915.