Shrewsbury School

The news 100 years ago: 23rd September 1914

Tuesday 23 September 2014

On the Western Front the Battle of Aisne continues to rage. The British forces initially have the upper hand thanks to the superior rate of fire and accuracy of the Lee Enfields, but the German heavy artillery surpasses all Allied response. Both sides are beginning to entrench their positions and are looking for positions in the north to outflank their opponents. The British are forced to scavenge for entrenchment tools and the Germans begin to develop rifle-propelled grenades. French forces are trying to throw the Germans out of France but stall in the face of overwhelming artillery superiority.

On the Eastern Front, Russian forces are pressing hard against the Austrians, driving them back towards the Danube. This sparks panic in Vienna and 30,000 workers are drafted into throwing up defences. The Austrian Hapsburg military is in full retreat, thanks in no small part to having a nearly non-existent logistics division and rank incompetence in its high command. They have been driven west of the River Cracow and have been forced to dig in and hope that the Germans march to their aid.

The African Front is beginning to open up as German colonies on the continent come under attack. Cunning use of terrain to negate the British advantage in numbers allows the Germans to hold onto some of their colonial possessions for now.

Although he was not actively engaged in the war at this stage, we record the loss of
Private John David Price, School House and London Regiment.
In camp at Epsom, he died suddenly of heart failure on 26 September 1914 aged 30. Second son of the late John Price of South Bank, Lansdowne Road, Wimbledon, he was at Shrewsbury 1898-1900 and then went to Trinity College, Cambridge.

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