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Richmond WW1 Diary 19 June 1918

General rationing announced | On 19 June 1918, general rationing was introduced in the UK. The government had resisted early calls for food controls, arguing it would damage morale. However by the fourth year of the war, morale was already low. In 1914 the people of Britain had benefitted from food and goods coming from…

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Richmond WW1 Diary 31 May 1918

American success in the battle of Cantigny | The Battle of Cantigny was the first American offensive of the war. Starting on May 28, for three days the American and German forces fought over a small salient around the village of Cantigny. Though the territory gained was not significant, the victory was a morale booster…

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Richmond WW1 Diary 1 May 1918

May Day | In 1918, May Day embraced its modern identity as a celebration of The Workers. In newly Soviet Russia, celebrating the October Revolution of the previous year, mass parades took place in Moscow and Petrograd (St Petersburg). The celebration was somewhat muted, with the acceptance the recent Brest-Litovsk peace treaty, which had cost…

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Richmond WW1 Diary 18 April 1918

Deaths of Albert Olrog & Alfred Orsborn – two of The Alberts dead | Albert Olrog was a family man, killed as the Germans made their final push for victory in Flanders. He lived in Hyde Road, The Alberts, Richmond, with his wife Violet Amy and three young children. A Private in the 9th Battalion…

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Richmond WW1 Diary 15 April 1918

Death of Joseph Hobbs – one of The Alberts dead | Joseph Victor Hobbs is commemorated on the Richmond War Memorial, which was erected in the early 1920s by the Old Town Hall. On the Roll of Honour site he has been identified as a Private in the Labour Corps who was killed in action…

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Richmond WW1 Diary 14 April 1918

Death of Albert Fribbins – one of The Alberts dead | One of the oldest men from The Alberts to be killed, Albert George Fribbins was 42 years-old when he died and left behind a widow, Jane, and daughter Alice (20) and son George (19). George was himself old enough to serve, although we have…

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Richmond WW1 Diary 9 April 1918

German offensive in Flanders launched | Germany’s final gamble for victory began with the St Michael Offensive, named after the patron saint of Germany. The Armistice with Russia in March 1918 had freed up many men who had been fighting on the Eastern Front. Germany now directed those soldiers to the Western Front. On 9…