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.
From Archive Reference: ADM137-11 Telegrams between Admiralty and C-in-C China.
To C-in-C China, H.M.S Minotaur, Hong Kong.
Sent by land wire 3pm
To all Ships.
The British ultimatum to Germany will expire at midnight G.M.T. August 4th. No act of war should be committed before that hour at which time the telegram to commence hostilities against Germany will be dispatched from the Admiralty.