John Alcock, a member of the Cheadle Branch, Royal British Legion, in conjunction with Cheadle Discovery Centre, has prepared a study of the who, the why, the where, the when and the how of Great Britain's involvement in World War One. The Countdown to War will be published in serial form every week up to and including Wednesday 6th August, each article reflecting the events during that particular week 100 years ago, culminating in the first time the British Army engaged the German Army at Mons in Belgium in late August 2014. Please see the latest submission below. In the first days after the assassination it seemed that it had not caused a serious crisis.
The tragic end of Archduke Franz Ferdinand found little response in financial circles or on the stock-exchange.
Gavrilo Prinzip was a member of the Young Bosnia independence group.
While Austria was unable to prove it, suspicions grew that the Black Hand secret society in Serbia was behind the assassination; their slogan was "Unity or Death".
Significantly however, the reason and opportunity for Austria to humiliate Serbia was in place.
Prinzip now in prison was to be tried on October 28th, and was sentenced to 20 years imprisonment, the maximum penalty for someone under the age of 20. He died in a prison hospital of TB in 1918. Next week:- Uncertainty.