First British and Empire Shot of The Great War Fired

Friday, 7 August, 1914
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A mosaic of the German Imperial Army crest, formerly over the porch of the Government House, Lomé Togoland.

When a patrol from the Gold Coast Regiment was engaged by German-led colonial forces on 7 August 1914 near Lomé, Togoland, Lance Corporal Alhaji Grunshi fired the first British and Empire shot of the Great War. German Togoland surrendered to the British and French on 26 August 1914.