Tuesday, 4 August 2009

4th August 1914



Those interested may wish to explore Hansard over those days, or the London Gazette. Both free and don't require registration.

One nugget I didn't know was that the 4th, 5th and 6th were immediately proclaimed as bank holidays; intended, I suspect, to facilitate mobilisation, it must have led to a boom for the pubs.

Despite the recognition, witnessed by the business in Parliament, that this was to be a great European war, it is clear that few had much idea of the scale of the conflict to come.

3 comments:

Umbongo said...

I suspect that the bank holidays were declared because there was a run on sterling (ie people wanted into gold and out of sterling) and a serious possibility that the banking system would collapse. I don't think the bank holidays were declared to give the populace a last chance to paddle in the sea at Brighton before the business of war started.

Bill Quango MP said...

1914 31 July - 10 AM London Stock Exchange closes in a wave of financial panic (Monday a Bank Holiday) started in New York.

Gordon was right!

Guthrum said...

My Great Grandfather joined up with his mates on the 4th, leaving a wife and three children behind. Was dead one year later.

I just cannot imagine that happening now. 1914-18 the ruling classes lost any claim to rule.