31 Oct 1914
  • Russia and the United Kingdom declared war on Turkey as the response to the previously day's attacks by the Turkish Navy. ww2dbase [AC]
  • Sepoy Kuda Dad Khan (129th Baluchis) became the first Indian Amy soldier to win the Victoria Cross. At Hollebeke, Belgium he kept his machine gun firing even when his detachment had been overrun, and his comrades killed all around him. ww2dbase [AC]
  • Settsu began the bombardment of German positions in and near Qingdao, Shandong Province, China alongside of Japanese battleship Kawachi, German pre-dreadnaught HMS Triumph, and other smaller warships and support ships. ww2dbase [Settsu | Qingdao, Shandong | CPC]

Timeline Section Founder: Thomas Houlihan
Contributors: Alan Chanter, C. Peter Chen, Thomas Houlihan, Hugh Martyr, David Stubblebine
Special Thanks: Rory Curtis

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