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Richmond WW1 Diary 24 June 1916

A soldier’s suicide A small article in the Richmond & Twickenham Times on June 24 noted the apparent suicide of a young soldier. The 22-year old had been home on leave after several months in France and was due to return to the Front the following day. The paper recorded that he was found in a…

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Richmond WW1 Diary 10 June 1916

Jutland reports As news from Jutland began to reach home, the Richmond & Twickenham Times of 10 June carried its first reports of the naval battle. The paper proclaimed the battle as a victory noting “It was with disgust that crews reached port last weekend to find the Press bemoaning the heavy losses”. The paper told the story…

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Richmond WW1 Diary 5 June 1916

The flagging of flag days In the 5 June edition of the Richmond & Twickenham Home Journal, a little war fatigue and some historic chugging: “The Flagging of Flag Days The accumulated wisdom of the race unanimously declares that you can have too much of a good thing, and many of our readers consider that…

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Richmond WW1 Diary 4 June 1916

Much of the attention during the war was on the Western Front, where some of the fiercest fighting took place. The stories uncovered as part of the Richmond At Home and At War project illustrated the extent of the war, with local soldiers and sailors serving in India, Africa, and the Middle East. Although there was limited…

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Richmond WW1 Diary 3 June 1916

Religion during the war Faith and religion grew in significance for many, as people dealt with the deaths of loved ones on an unprecedented scale. In the Anglican Church, England’s official religion and the one most English people belonged to, there was a surge in church attendance at the start of the war, and again in…

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Richmond WW1 Diary 31 May 1916

Battle of Jutland The Battle of Jutland was fought between the British and German fleets off the coast of Denmark in May 1916. It was the only large naval battle of the war and British losses were sudden and spectacular. And, despite Germany claiming a victory, the German fleet was also severely compromised. East Sheen resident,…

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Richmond WW1 Diary 10 May 1916

Conscientious Objectors sent to France In May 1916 the British government took dramatic action to try and break the conscientious objectors movement. Some 50 men were transported to France, 35 of them under the threat of a death sentence. On arrival the men were put on duty in Non Combatant Corps. On 10 May 1916,…