Admiralty to all ships
"Admiralty to all ships. Commence hostilities at once with Germany": The message broadcasted by wireless to all British fleets and warships at 11pm on 4 August, 1914, immediately war was declared. Following that, the King's message to the Fleet was wirelessed round and then the official notification that Sir John Jellicoe had been appointed Commander-in-Chief in British waters. 
References / notes
- Edward Fraser and John Gibbons (1925). Soldier and Sailor Words and Phrases. Routledge, London p.3.
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