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Terrot Glover's 1914 Diary


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Terrot Reaveley Glover (1869-1943) was a Classical Scholar, a key figure in the Baptist Union and a Fellow of St John's College, Cambridge. In 1897 he married Alice Emily Cornelia, with whom he had two sons and four daughters. Glover kept daily journals until his death. He customized them with photographs, newspaper cuts, letters, travel tickets and many other items.

Diary entry of Terrot Glover for the outbreak of the First World War, including a facsimile of the Spectator.
The text reads:

1914 – September
Tuesday 4. The War – from 4 August 1914 to 11 November 1918. Tatlow in m[or]n[in]g read Sir Edward Grey’s speech of yesterday to me, or great part of it. All now turns on whether Germany will respect neutrality of Belgium. Grey makes it clear that if Germany’s navy attacks French coast, we must intervene. This hung over the whole day. Read proof, strolled morning. […] Weather Dull.

Wednesday 5. In morning at breakfast The Times & News that Germany declared war on us yesterday evening at 7 o’ clock. The horror of it haunts me – with reflexions on other wars I remember - & thoughts of God’s supremacy. Wrote Alice this morning, & arranged to home on Friday morning as the station people say trains running. About with Tatlow & with Mrs T. watched him & Gladys Bretherton bathe. Walk on front after tea – papers speak of German reverses in Belgium & in the Mediterranean. This cheered us – me a good deal, for I have been very gloomy. Weather fair.

12th Aug 2010

English, History

Key Stages:
Key Stage 2, Key Stage 3, Key Stage 4

Diary 1914 First World War Newspaper

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