British Force Lands
Twenty-two thousand are pushing forward to Namur
The Carleton Place Herald, 11 August, 1914
Paris, Aug. 10 –Official announcement was made by the War Office Saturday that English troops are landing on French soil under the direction of French officers.
It is also reported here that a large force of French troops has reached the vicinity of Liege, and that the main French army of relief is now on Belgian soil and hurrying forward by extraordinary marches.
The British troops, according to newspaper advices received here, comprise the first British expeditionary force of 22,000 men, and include some of the crack regiments of the British army. They were brought across the Channel by a fleet of transports under the convoy of two battleships and three armored cruisers, and landings were made at Ostend, Calais and Dunkirk.
The troops, it is understood here, will be rushed to Namur to assist in the defence of that town, where it is expected the chief stand against the German invasion of Belgium will be made.
The present force is only a part of the expeditionary force which England is expected to send to the defence of Belgium, the War Office yesterday admitted. It was said that the British Government already had completed arrangements, including the commandeering of sufficient transports, to send an army of 100,000 men into Belgium.
Although five strong British war vessels convoyed the troopships which arrived yesterday, it is reported that Great Britain is not depending entirely on these convoys, but has strung a line of British cruisers across the Channel to keep the way clear in preparation for the movement of other troopships.