Saturday 3 October 1914 – We Lost 80


The British Admiralty notifies the world of the laying down of a defensive minefield. The merchant ship Dawdon (Master John Steel) strikes a mine ten miles from the Wandelaar Light Vessel and sinks killing her crew of ten.

HMS Monmouth and HMS Glasgow leave Port Stanley to meet HMS Otranto and search for rumored German trade on the West Coast of South America.  HMS Good Hope stays at Port Stanley in case SMS Dresden re-enters the Atlantic.

  • The son of the Director of the Secret Intelligence Service (MI6)

Lieutenant Alastair Mansfield Smith Cumming (Seaforth Highlanders attached Intelligence Corps) dies as a result of a motor car accident at age 24.  He is the son of Captain ‘Sir’ Mansfield Smith-Cumming KCMG, CB, Royal Navy. His father lost his left foot in the accident and was the first Director of what would become the Secret Intelligence Service (SIS) also known as MI6.

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