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Forces War Records Blog

#COUNTDOWNTOWAR 28/07/1914 9.30PM

Forces War Records recently went to the National Archives, Kew to study some of the Telegrams sent just before the start of the Great War.           

We will be posting the transcription of the telegrams as they happened 100 years ago.


139 OUT, To Commodore Hong-Kong

28-7-14 9-30pm

90 OUT to C-in-C China

Be prepared to take up four vessels to be armed with four sets of 4.7 guns now in stock at Hong-Kong


To C-in-C China 91
To Commodore, Hong-Kong 139
To S.N.O. Singapore

Act on secret war standing orders Articles 2 to 4 inclusive in view of possibility of war with certain Powers.  Put into force war position table. Acknowledge


To C-in-C China 92
To Commodore, Hong-Kong 140
To S.N.O. Singapore

Copies of secret package A should be distributed forthwith to torpedo craft, port ships, etc., as necessary, but are not to be opened till further orders.

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