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DIARY OF THE GREAT WAR - 100 YEARS AGO TODAY #WWI AUG 7TH 1914.

  • Germans refused armistice at Liege.
  • New £ 1 and 10S. bank notes issued, and postal-orders made legal tender.
  • Prince of Wales's National Relief Fund opened.

H.R.H. the Prince of Wales made an urgent appeal in The Times:

"Buckingham Palace - all must realise that the present time of deep anxiety will be followed by one of considerable distress among the people of this country least able to bear it. We must earnestly pray that their suffering may be neither long nor bitter, but we cannot wait until the need presses heavily upon us. The means of relief must be ready in our hands. To ally anxiety will go some way to stay distress. A National Fund has been founded, and I am proud to act as its Treasurer. My first duty is to ask for generous and ready support, and I know that I shall not ask in vain. At such a moment we all stand by one another, and it is to the heart of the British people that I confidently make this earnest appeal.  Edward."

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