Historic headlines: Great Britain joins World War One on 4 August 1914

Posted on July 30th, 2014 by The British Newspaper Archive

Following an ultimatum to withdraw German troops from Belgium, Britain declared war on Germany on 4 August 1914. Monday 4 August 2014 will mark the 100th anniversary of the start of Britain’s involvement in World War One.

Front pages from the start of World War One

The news that Britain had joined World War One featured prominently in many of the newspapers printed the following day.
 

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Here’s a selection of the newspaper headlines announcing Britain’s involvement in WW1.

The front page of the Birmingham Gazette, announcing Britain's involvement in World War One

Birmingham Gazette – Wednesday 05 August 1914
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Headline of the Daily Herald at the start of World War One

Daily Herald – Wednesday 05 August 1914
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An advert for the army featured on the front page of the Birmingham Daily Mail on 5 August 1914

Birmingham Daily Mail – Wednesday 05 August 1914
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The Evening Despatch announced that England was at war with Germany in 1914

Evening Despatch – Wednesday 05 August 1914
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The front page of the Taunton Courier on 5 August 1914

Taunton Courier, and Western Advertiser – Wednesday 05 August 1914
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