1917, Austria-Hungary, casualties, Col del Rosso, Germany, Great Britain, HMS Stephen Furness, Imperial German Navy, Ireland, Irish Sea, Italy, mines, Netherlands, North Sea, prisoners of war, Royal Navy, sinking, submarine, Val Bella, Val Frenzela, Valstagna
Austrian success in the Frenzela Valley, taking Val Bella and Col del Rosso, a mile nearer Valstagna; enemy claim 9,000 prisoners. Admiralty announce H.M.S. Stephen Furness torpedoed and sunk by German submarine in Irish Channel; 6 officers and 95 men lost. Three British destroyers mined or torpedoed off Dutch coast; 13 officers and 180 men lost.
1915, Allies, Belgium, Boulogne, British Army, British Chancellor of the Exchequer, Commander-in-Chief, economy, England, English Channel, finance, Flanders, Folkestone, France, Great Britain, Imperial German Navy, Ireland, Irish Sea, Kent, Lloyd George, merchant shipping, North Sea, Royal Navy, Russia, Sir John French, submarine, Ypres
A German submarine attacks the Folkestone–Boulogne cross-Channel passenger boat at night. The torpedo passed 30 yards ahead of the boat. The Admiralty issue an order restricting navigation in the Irish Channel by the proclamation of a prohibited area in which navigation is forbidden to all ships and vessels of every nationality. Sir John French reports that the enemy is still showing considerable activity in the neighbourhood of Ypres. In the House of Commons Mr. Lloyd George speaks on the financial relations between Great Britain and her Allies. Our resources, he said, were enormous, and in this struggle that was what primarily mattered. Two wrecked German airmen picked up in the North Sea by British trawler.
1915, bridge, British Empire, Bulgaria, Canada, economy, Egypt, food, France, Germany, Great Britain, HMHS Astorias, hospital, Imperial German Navy, Ireland, Irish Sea, Le Havre, lightship, Maine, merchant shipping, Ottoman Army, Ottoman Empire, railway, Royal Navy, SM U-20, St Croix River, submarine, Suez Canal, trade, Turkey, United States of America, Vanceboro, Werner Horn, wheat
Parliament reassembles. A German submarine tries to torpedo British hospital-ship Asturias 15 miles from the Havre lightship. Arrest in the State of Maine of a German officer for partially blowing up a bridge on Canadian Pacific Railway across St. Croix River. Sailings from Irish ports resumed. Excited dealings in wheat in Chicago; highest prices since 1898. Turks try to bridge Suez Canal, but are repelled by British force and leave all their material. German loan of three millions sterling to Bulgaria.
1915, American Senate, bombardment, British Army, Cuinchy, France, Germany, Great Britain, Imperial German Navy, Irish Sea, La Bassee, merchant shipping, Russia, Ship Purchase Bill, submarine, trenches, United States of America
Russia decides to treat as piratical any bombardment of unfortified towns. Some sailings in the Irish Sea suspended owing to German submarine menace. Adjournment of the debate in the American Senate on the Ship Purchase Bill, which empowers the Government of the United States to spend six millions sterling on acquiring foreign ships for mercantile purposes. Strenuous fighting in the La Bassée district, trenches being rushed by the British, to whom the enemy offer watches, money, cigars, or fruit to buy their lives.
1915, Belgium, British Army, casualties, civilian casualties, decoration, England, Flanders, Fleetwood, France, Germany, Great Britain, Imperial German Navy, Irish Sea, Japan, King Albert I, La Bassee, Lancashire, Le Havre, merchant navy, merchant shipping, monarchy, sinking, SM U-21, SS Ben Cruachan, SS Kilcuan, SS Linda Blanche, sword of honour, trenches
Japanese sword of honour presented to King Albert in Belgium. Germans again checked by the British near La Bassée. Three enemy battalions repulsed, many dead left in front of British lines. German submarine off Fleetwood, on the Lancashire coast, sinks three British steamers, the Ben Cruachan, the Linda Blanche, and a third unknown. Crews of first two rescued.
[A different edition of the The Times Diary states: “German submarines off Fleetwood and Le Havre sink British steamers.”]