The Week the War Broke Out

The Week the War Martyn Day

The Great War started twice. The first time was on Tuesday 28th July 1914 when, following the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria by a Serbian nationalist, Austria-Hungary declared war against Serbia. The second time was a
week later, on Tuesday 4th August 1914, when Britain declared war against Germany after their refusal to respect the neutrality of Belgium.

In that week of waiting St Margarets slumbered on, seemingly oblivious of what the newspapers were calling the “European Anxiety”. Although Austria-Hungary and Serbia were at war and Russia, Germany, Belgium and Turkey busily mobilising why should we worry? It was high summer, the weather was glorious and the bank holiday was just around the corner…

— from Martyn Day