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Richmond WW1 Diary 22 August 1916

Football from the Somme The local regiment, which many men from across Richmond joined, was the East Surrey Regiment. As the men from the East Surreys advanced across the battlefield of the Somme, they kicked a football between them to encourage one another. The event became famous back home in Britain as the ‘Football Charge‘.…

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Richmond WW1 Diary 20 July 1916

Wounded Germans Before the start of the war, relations between Britain and Germany and their citizens had been good, not least because the British and German royal families were related. But after the outbreak of war, Germans living in London found their homes and businesses under attack, as people were over-whelmed by pro-war frenzy. However,…

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Richmond WW1 Diary 5 July 1916

Somme Casualties The Battle of the Somme is notable for resulting in the largest loss of life in a singe battle. An estimated 20,000 were killed on the first day alone. Soldiers and officers tried many things to keep up morale and to spur themselves on. One incident from the opening day of the battle…

Simple wooden cross grave marker from First World War

Richmond WW1 Diary 1 July 1916

Start of the Battle of the Somme Expected to be a decisive battle and a clear victory for the Allies, the Somme started with a seven-day artillery bombardment. It was the largest ever seen and was intended to destroy the enemy guns, to allow the troops to march across No Mans Land to take the German…

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Richmond WW1 Diary 29 June 1916

As part of the Richmond At Home and At War exhibition, the Royal Star & Garter Home loaned the Museum of Richmond material from their archives. One of the items was a patient card for Earnest Laurence Johnson. These cards were written for every soldier at the home. One of the fantastic Museum of Richmond volunteer…

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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…