Diary for Sunday, July 25, 1915:
Western Front: Captain Hawker of No 6 Squadron RFC in Bristol Scout armed with Lewis gun on own 45° mounting defeats 3 German two-seaters east of Ypres; first VC award for aircraft vs aircraft combat. RFC issues first communiqué (intended to be twice weekly hereon).
Russians evacuate Riga and Warsaw factories.
Rhodesia: Major-General Wahle’s 800 Germans and 2 guns besiege Fort Sasi (462 Anglo-Belgian troops) until August 2. 350 Belgians fail to relieve on July 28, surrender summons rejected on July 31.
Greece: British government guarantees Mytilene (Lesbos) cession to Greece (from Turkey).
Serbia: Government established at Nish.
Britain: Daily Mirror pictures three Prussian officers ‘loaded with golden and silver loot’, actually Army steeplechase from 9 July 1914.