War Diary December 1914

War Norfolk
ANZAC Troops Arrive in Egypt

The first Australian and New Zealand soldiers arrive in Egypt to finish their training after it is decided that conditions in Britain are unsuitable.

Smoke Concerts Organised

A smoking concert is established at Sheringham Unionist Club to be held every Friday for the “amusement of the members of his Majesty’s forces” stationed in the district.

Bombardment of English Coast

The East Coast resorts of Scarborough, Hartlepool and Whitby are shelled by German battle cruisers, 137 civilians are killed.

Drowning in Lowestoft Harbour

A crewman of H.M. minesweeper Bracklyn is drowned after falling into the Inner Harbour after returning to his vessel due to badly-lighting in the area.

Heavy Fighting in Serbia and Russia

Initial losses by Allied armies are reversed during the month in both Russia and the Balkans.

Santa Claus Ship Deliveries

100s of tons of gifts arrive at Dover filled with gifts donated by U.S. children, two large packing crates of which reach arrived at Norwich Shirehall to be given to Belgian and Norfolk orphans.

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