28 JuneArchduke Francis Ferdinand assassinated at Sarajevo
5 JulyKaiser William II promised German support for Austria against Serbia
28 JulyAustria declared war on Serbia
1 AugustGermany declared war on Russia
3 AugustGermany declared war on France and invaded Belgium
4 AugustBritain declared war on Germany
5 AugustJoe Garvey and other Guards reservists called up, forming the British Expeditionary Force (BEF)
14 AugustJoe Garvey, 1st Scots Guards, BEF arrived at Le Harve
24 AugustThe British Expeditionary Force started its retreat from Mons. Germany invaded France.
Battle of Tannenberg (Russian army defeated by 30 August)
5 SeptemberBattle of the Marne started (Ended 12 September)
8 SeptemberRussian army defeated at Masurian Lakes (by 13 September)
13 SeptemberBattle of the Aisne (Ended 28 September) (BEF)
18 OctoberFirst Battle of Ypres (BEF)
29 OctoberTurkey entered the war on Germany’s side.
Trench warfare started to dominate the Western Front.
Joe Garvey captured at Ypres, POW at Schneidemühl till August 1918