On This Day - 19 October 1914
Theatre definitions: Western Front comprises the Franco-German-Belgian front and any military action in Great Britain, Switzerland, Scandinavia and Holland. Eastern Front comprises the German-Russian, Austro-Russian and Austro-Romanian fronts. Southern Front comprises the Austro-Italian and Balkan (including Bulgaro-Romanian) fronts, and Dardanelles. Asiatic and Egyptian Theatres comprises Egypt, Tripoli, the Sudan, Asia Minor (including Transcaucasia), Arabia, Mesopotamia, Syria, Persia, Afghanistan, Turkestan, China, India, etc. Naval and Overseas Operations comprises operations on the seas (except where carried out in combination with troops on land) and in Colonial and Overseas theatres, America, etc. Political, etc. comprises political and internal events in all countries, including Notes, speeches, diplomatic, financial, economic and domestic matters. Source: Chronology of the War (1914-18, London; copyright expired)
The Yser: German attacks on Lombartzyde repulsed.
B.E.F.: Transfer from Aisne to Flanders completed.
First Battle of Ypres begins: Sir Henry Rawlinson unable to occupy Menin.
Sir John French's despatches of 17 September and 8 October published.
Poland: Germans cross the Vistula at Josefov, etc.
New Naval Decoration, the Distinguished Service Medal, established.