August 4, 1914
Britain declares war on Germany
Australia pledged a force of 20,000 to be placed at Britain’s disposal.
Volunteer recruiting begins in Australia
August 17 – 26
Within a week of recruitment opening 13 young men with a connection to the Surf Coast signed up for what they believed to be an adventure and service to the country. Aurthur Reginald Taylor (Torquay); William Richard Grant (Deans Marsh); Murray Charles Storrer (Torquay, Anglesea); William McAdam (Modewarre); Albert Edmonds (Bannockburn); Edward Vienet (Ceres); Thomas Doyle (Connewarre); Herbert Marendaz (Mt Duneed); Percy Graham (Connewarre); John Cantwell (Freshwater Creek); Leslie Bailey (Torquay)
Rupert Vance Moon enlisted in the AIF
Albert Jacka travelled to Melbourne and enlisted after his initial enlistment papers were lost.
The Australian Naval and Military Expeditionary Force (ANMEF) seized German New Guinea and nearby German-ruled island territories
The first soldiers from the Surf Coast embarked from Melbourne aboard –
HMAT A24 Benalla – John Cantwell, Percy Graham, Thomas Doyle, William McAdam, Albert Edmonds, William Grant
HMAT A20 Hororata – Edward Vienet
HMAT A18 Wiltshire – Murray Storrer, Herbert Marendaz
The First Division of the Australian Imperial Force (AIF) sailed from Albany, Western Australia, for Egypt.
HMAS Sydney destroys the German raider SMS Emden at the Cocos Islands, Indian Ocean.
Australian troops in Egypt