This summer witnesses the centenary of the start of the First World War with Great Britain having declared war on 4 August 1914. Six days later on 10 August, Edward, A.C.G.A.P.D. Prince of Wales, K.G. took up his commission in the Grenadier Guards as witnessed by these papers and the commission date on the sword. It was considered too much of a risk for him to see front line service, the worry that he could be captured and used as a hostage echoing through the years to more recent debates surrounding Prince Harry and his deployments to war zones. Although he longed to serve in the trenches he was attached to the army headquarters staff where he fulfilled a morale boosting role, and much to his embarrassment was awarded the Military Cross in 1916.