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In 1914, the Henley Standard was known as 'The Henley and South Oxfordshire Standard'. Here we bring you excerpts from our extensive archive of news, views, anecdotes and much-needed humour published during World War One.
Publication date: 7th August 1914

Extraordinary scenes of enthusiasm were witnessed in London on Tuesday night. In anticipation of the receipt of Germany’s reply, huge crowds gathered in Whitehall and outside Buckingham Palace. A Privy Council at the Palace was preceded by a concentration of Ministers at Sowning Street and each was loudly cheered as he entered the Premier’s official residence. Not since the Boer War have such crowds been seen in London and Whitehall, the Mall, and Trafalgar Square were all packed with excited throngs. The enthusiasm culminated outside Buckingham Palace. A lady came out of the palace and announced that war had been declared. This was received with tremendous cheering which grew into a deafening roar when King George, Queen Mary, and the Prince of Wales appeared on the balcony shortly after eleven o’clock. The great space in front of the Palace was packed with a dense mass of excited people, many of whom had clambered on to the Victoria Memorial.


As if by general accord, the cheers gave way to the singing of the National Anthem which was taken up lustily by the whole throng. For fully five minutes the Royal party remained on the balcony. They retired amidst a perfect storm of cheering and although the crowd subsequently began to melt away, thousands remained.

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