ROAD TO WAR -
|A NEW ERA DAWNS.......
|As the last hours of the old century were coming to a close, millions
of people gathered around the globe to usher in the “New Era”
of the wonderful and exciting Twentieth century.
All eyes were focused on the clocks, waiting in anticipation as
the minute hand crept closer, the last few ticks of the old century
were nearly over, the hopes, dreams and hopes of the millions watching
and waiting for this miraculous new age was nearly upon them. As
the hands of the clock met and touched at midnight, the bells struck
A frenzy of excitement, happiness and exultation erupted around
the world, their jubilation at this momentous event, was that this
new century would without doubt bring them, each and every one…new
hopes, new dreams, new ideals.
The long hot summer days in the early 1900’s were peaceful
as tranquility filled the air.
flocked to the beaches around the coasts of England to swim in
the cool waters and enjoy the calmness that this new era had brought.
In towns and cities people filled the parks and gardens, found
pleasure at the fun fairs, riding high on the big dipper as screams
of delight rent the air.
Happy summer days before the start
of “The Great War”
the country on hot summer days many took to the roads on bicycles,
or walked for miles across the countryside of green pastures, meadows
and fields of grass, in the peacefulness that was England.
Occasionally a car would be seen and a friendly wave would be shared
between the driver and those he passed.
Families walked to the local rivers, father’s took out their
fishing rods cast the lines in and lay on the banks in the tranquility
of the day, mothers unpacked the picnic basket, full of sandwiches,
cakes, and drink, while children amused themselves playing on the
banks with an old jam jar on a piece of string hoping to catch some
tiny fish, while others plunged into the water swimming, frolicking
in fun and laughter in of the days of such peace.
Picnics were laid out on lawns,
gardens, parks, playing fields, woods and forests across the land
as families sat down together to enjoy the company of friends
and loved ones, children played to their hearts content in the
Church bells rang their own song echoing in the distance, a dog
barking could be heard far away across fields of lush green meadows,
and birds would sing with sweet song to hear.
The long warm evenings in the countryside brought its own pleasures
as one could listen to the sounds of birds chirping in the trees
above, as they began to settle down for the night.
Families and children walked hand in hand, through the changing
countryside of England, this was their …Green and Pleasant
On Sunday afternoons many watched their local cricket team batting
it out in the sunshine on the finest of days, clapping in pleasure
as their team hit a six…this was the peace of England, in
the days of such happiness.
|The world’s countries seemed at peace with one another during
the early years of the 1900’s, although there were two minor
conflicts in the Balkans in 1911-1912, these were of little consequence,
others raged here and there around the globe but none were that
threatening to involve the great powers of the time.
In general people enjoyed the tranquil heady days where peace flourished
and prevailed, and life to an extent was filled with pleasure and
But as the years of the new century passed the peaceful days of
summer were soon to be lost forever, no one could ever imagine the
changes that were to descend upon this peaceful world of theirs.
This “New Era” far from the expectations of the many
millions around the earth, who were all desperate for a “New
World” of prosperity, hope, peace and security, was to soon
to be thrown together in a horrific carnage that would encompass