The onset of war was greeted with huge public interest and dramatic "sandwich board" headlines, like this from The Times, advertising its expanded editions.
This is what the front page of The Times looked like on 5 August, 1914.
Inside, the paper reported all the latest details of the war – including that military activity didn't yet "amount to very much".
There was a report of "breathless anticipation of the beginning of hostilities on a large scale".
Let us for the moment drop solicitude for Europe and think of ourselves. We care as little for Belgrade as Belgrade does for Manchester. But, though our neutrality ought to be assured, it isn't.If we, who might remain neutral, rush into war or let our attitude remain doubtful, it will be both a crime and an act of supreme and gratuitous folly.