WWI Diary 1915
|1 January||The strength of the British army stands at 720,000 men.
A great gale caused havoc in Thanet. Two men were killed by falling trees and
a barge with all hands foundered at Margate and the South Goodwin Lightship
|19 January||A Zeppelin airship bombed Great Yarmouth and King's Lynn.
Bombs fell near Sandringham and 20 people were killed.
|25 January||A telephone call was made between New York and San Francisco
by Alexander Graham Bell.
|2 February||Germany started a submarine blockade of the British Isle in an attempt
to destroy the British economy.
|4 February||The youth who killed Archduke Ferdinand and his wife escaped execution
due to his age. The other conspirators were shot.
|21 March||HMS Kent was present at the sinking of the German cruiser Dresden off
Juan Fernandez Island.
|26 March||Sylvia Pankhurst was told by Lloyd George that women on war work would
receive the same pay as men.
|22 April||A War Office communique says British forces have been successful after a
battle for a small hill around the town of Ypres. The position was known as Hill 60.
|The Germans have introduced a new weapon of chlorine gas. Victims have fled
the trenches coughing, half-blind and panic stricken.
|26 April||Allied troops have positioned themselves along the Gallipoli peninsula after heavy
fighting with Turkish forces. Churchill would like to knock the Turks out of the war.
|17-18 August||An airship crossed the coast at Herne Bay and flew over the pier. It was fired on
by members of 42nd Provisional Battalion but flew over Canterbury, Ashford,
Faversham and Whitstable for 2 hours. The airship dropped 18 high explosives
and 40 incendiary bombs in the open countryside.
|September||King George V and Lord Kitchener visited Folkestone to inspect the Canadian
troops at Shornecliff Camp.
|600 Germans and Austrians were arrested in England and taken to the
Alexandra Palace for internment.
|12 October||A British nurse, Edith Cavell, was executed for treason are being charged with
harbouring Belgians of military age and helping young English and French soldiers
to escape to freedom across the Dutch border.
|29 October||10,000 people attended a memorial service for Nurse Edith Cavell at St Paul's
|11 November||Winston Churchill resigned from the Government with the intention of re-joining
his regiment in France. He was sacked from the Government six months previously.
|8 December||New flags were presented to HMS Kent by the County Society to replace those
damaged in the Battle of the Falklands. The County Society opened a fund for
prisoners of war in Germany.
|15 December||Sir Douglas Haig, First Army Commander in Flanders, replaced Sir John French as
Commander of the British Forces on the Western Front. The front runs from
Ostend across Flanders then above Paris and then east to the fortress town of
Verdun. The line has not changed much for more than a year.
|19 December||A major landslip in Folkestone Warren closed the South Eastern and Chatham
railway line between Folkestone and Dover.