War Diary for Thursday, November 26, 1914:
Flanders: German attack on Yser canal fails. BEF forms Trench Mortar Service (‘The Suicide Club’) near Bethune, 11 men with two Crimean War 6-inch mortars, but 100 copies of German Minenwerfer supplied by Christmas.
Arabia: ANZAC troop convoy leaves Aden for Suez, where it arrives at November 30.
Cameroons: Germans force 150 French, of whom 50 are casualties, back on Edea.
North Sea: Battleship Bulwark destroyed by internal explosion while loading ammunition at Sheerness, 793 killed, only 12 survivors. An inquiry rules out sabotage on December 15.
Channel: Churchill cables C-in-C Portsmouth ‘It is desired to trap the German submarine which sinks vessels by gunfire off Le Havre. A small or moderate sized steamer should be taken up …’. First Q-ship is coaster Victoria but unserviceable and paid off by December 9. First of 7 French Q-ships, Marguerite, also introduced.
Austria: Chief of Staff Conrad notes to Prime Minister against Pan-Slavic anti-Austrian tendencies in Bohemia, Moravia and Silesia, but Emperor rejects suggestion of military jurisdiction.
France: Poincare decorates Joffre with Medaille Militaire, latter opens GQG at Chantilly on November 29.