7:00 am 8th August, Chipping Barnet.
That's the way for the day. A more ends oriented society would organise slightly differently, but this is how the English society in London, (I am making a remark on identification within Imperial centres), organised to achieve ends. And this is the way an end is achieved. What is surprising is that the systems of regulation weren't of greater efficacy historically. Unless you take Brecht's Threepenny opinion on for what end it is organised.8:00 pm 8th August, London.
No Army would send a single unit to the front with a rifle that used unique ammunition, except to use it as a raiding unit that's in and out quickly only needing the ammunition the men can carry with them. As the unit in question is a Territorial unit they'd be used as headquarters guards until they could be issued with standard Lee Enfields.
It was the Germans that issued the Mondragon to observers.
I always enjoy a WW1 TL.
OTL the BEF at the onset was 4 Infantry Divisions and 1 Cavalry Division. If 2 Divisions are being sent to Ostend and the British want to go all out defending Antwerp I don't think there will be any remaining forces to reinforce the French. I'm not sure the 2 Divisions moving out of Ostend would be able to distract the right flank of the German advance to make up for the the loss of the the full BEF at the Battle of the Marne.