Porthcawl's 37 Days to the outbreak of WW1
28th June 1914 - Speed trials at Rest Bay. 71 miles an hour attained!
29th June 1914 - Boxer Freddie Welsh is watched training at Porthcawl
30th June - The Pavilion,Pavilion Place, (on Highfield Avenue today) opens after refurbishment.
1st July 1914 - At the Porthcawl's Chamber of Trade meeting , it was decided to hold a Flower, Vegetable and Poultry Show later in the summer.
2nd July 1914 - Knight's Arms Hotel,The Square, under new management.
3rd July 1914 - French and Belgium delegates visit Porthcawl to forge tourism links with the town. The 'Marseillaise" could be heard sung in Welsh, in John Street.
4th July 1914 - Mr J.I.D Nicholl chaired the meeting at the Rest Bay Home. It was reported that the Sanatorium was full while a number are awaiting admission.
5th July 1914 - The Pavilion Orchestra begin their season of concerts , daily at the Bandstand.
6th July 1914 - Keystone Comedy "The Staircase of Death," opens at the Coliseum, John Street.
7th July 1914 - Mr G Lewis of Nottage, applied to the council for a licence to 'ply for hire his carriage.'
8th July 1914 - Royal Welsh Fusiliers and 'Billy the goat' arrive at their Newton Summer Camp.
9th July 1914 - "The House of Temperley," (by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle) starring Charles Claude and Lillian Logan opens at the Coliseum, John Street.
10th July 1914 - Complaints voiced as rubbish is tipped on the Square Road and Mackworth Road. Council agree to remove it to a suitable spot.
11th July 1914 - Two motor cars collide in John Street.
12th July 1914 - White Funnel Pleasure Steamers schedule a trip to Ilfracombe from the harbour at Porthcawl.
13th July 1914 - The new steam roller purchased by the P.U.D.C begins work on town roads.
14th July 1914 - Mr John Lawson, and his full London Company, are to present a different play each night at the Pavilion.Beginning tonight with 'Disraeli.'
15th July 1914 - A group of Cinematographic film makers have asked the council for permission to film Porthcawl on a busy day. The film will then be shown throughout the country.
16th July 1914 - Sad news has reached Porthcawl. Mr. Leonard Williams, a chemist of Porthcawl, has been killed in his new motor car near Northleach, Gloucester.
17th July 1914 - It has been proposed to erect a drinking fountain somewhere on the front. Money collected on 'Alexandra Rose Day' will be set aside for this project.
18th July 1914 - The council have agreed to increase the number of seats between the Esplanade and New Road.Increasing visitor numbers warrant this decision.
19th July 1914 - Charles Bragg, butcher,Porthcawl, was summoned for having allowed two horses to stray on the highway at Newton.Ordered to pay costs. 5s.
20th July 1914 - Considerable numbers of passengers have booked railway tickets at Bridgend, bound for Porthcawl, since the 6d ticket has been introduced.
21st July 1914- What a pity it is that certain patrons of the Porthcawl Pavilion performances and ,also, the orchestra performers don't know how to behave themselves. They give the impression that they have not been used to up-to-date and smart amusements; and do not know how to appreciate them!
22nd July 1914- The 3rd Battalion (S.R) Royal Welsh Fusiliers have gone into camp at Porthcawl. Colonel. Jones Williams (Brecon) is in command; Captain C. Crawshay being the adjutant. If a field is available it is intended to run sports and a boxing competition; and seeing that Private Basham and Dai Davies (Chips) are in the ranks, there ought to be some fine exhibitions.
23rd July 1914- Tenders are invited for the taking down of Iron Church at Porthcawl.Removal of same to Maesteg. Preparing ground and foundations; also the erection of the said church at Maesteg. All tenders to be sent on or before August 6th 1914,to the secretary of the committee, Mr. Francis Rogers, 7 Cavan Road,Maesteg. ( This church was the original All Saints Church.photo left.)
24th July 1914- The attention of the public, and shopkeepers in particular, is called to frauds at present being practised upon shopkeepers in various parts of the country by persons selling penny packets of pills, and stating them to be 'Doan's Backache Kidney Pills.' Such statement constitutes a fraud and renders the person liable to prosecution for obtaining money under false pretences. 'Doans Backache Kidney Pills' are never sold loose or in penny packets. They are a special medicine for the relief of backache,rheumatism,dropsy,sciatica,lumbago,gravel,stone and impure blood.
25th July 1914- Today at Bridgend Police Court, Leighton Rees, of Taibach, a labourer, was charged with having attempted to steal from a lock-up workshop at the Royal Porthcawl Golf Club (right) on 19th July. Defendant was remanded for a week.
26th July 1914- There are a number of night marauders at Porthcawl who rob gardens of the fruit of their owners labours.
Also,much progress is being made with railway improvements.The view of the sea through the cutting, made behind Railway Terrace (Hillsboro Place today), is a fine one; but I regret to say that the new work will not be ready for the coming August Bank Holiday,as it was at first hoped.
27th July 1914 - The Bill for the purchase of the 'Porthcawl Gas Works', and the working of the harbour owned by the Great Western Railway, will be heard this week. A number of the Council are in London for the purpose of seeing it through.
28th July 1914 - What of the town clock? It is time we had a clock fixed somewhere where it might be seen. What a number of watches go wrong in the morning when trains are lost!
29th July 1914 - Will Henri Salmet ,the aviator, visit Porthcawl? He has promised to come in less than a month. It is simply a question of a field , it appears.
National Headlines - 'Yesterday, Austria declared war on Serbia!'
30th July 1914 - The Red Cross Nurses have gone into summer camp near Sker, among the ferns and rabbits. The Royal Army Medical Corps are already in camp near the Rest Home.
'Yesterday - The British Fleet left Portland, passing the Straits of Dover."
"Austro-Hungary bombed Belgrade."
31st July 1914 - With the Bank Holiday approaching Porthcawl will soon be pretty full everyday.Is it possible for the steamboat people to arrange a couple of cheap cruises out of Porthcawl on occasional afternoons? Porthcawl is fast becoming a prominent holiday resort and, as such, needs to offer more amusements to the visitor.
"General Sir John French is appointed British Supreme Commander."
Porthcawl's 37 days to War!
1st August 1914 - Henry Studt's 'New Jungle Scenic Railway' opens today at 5.30pm, on the Fairground behind the Porthcawl College. (Seabank Hotel today.) The first hour's proceeds will be handed over to charity.
'Germany gives France an ultimatum.'
2nd August 1914 - Mr. J.Vaughan Williams, district superintendent of the G.W.R, has offered to arrange a special train to Torquay for the Porthcawl Chamber of Trade and Town's outing. After much discussion, it was agreed to extend invitations to the Chambers of Kenfig Hill, Aberkenfig and Bridgend.
'Germany declares war on Russia.'
3rd August 1914 - Bank Holiday Monday - the usual incidents one associates with the visit of a large crowd were missing, probably on account of the chastened attitude abroad.The children alone were unconcerned, and gambolled merrily with the light-heartedness of their years.
First soldiers killed - French Lance Corporal Jules-Andre Peugeot and German Sub-Lieutenant Albert Mayer were both killed on the eve of the outbreak of the 1914-18 war at the northeastern French town of Joncherey.
4th August 1914 - All Reservists and Territorials in training camps at Porthcawl, leave the town by train. 6 Naval Reservists are ordered to Portsmouth.
11pm Tuesday 4th August 1914 'Britain declares war on Germany.'