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Richmond WW1 Diary 14 October 1916

Home Front news While the Roll of Honour – obituaries for the fallen servicemen – grew longer in the local papers, efforts were made to try and continue with life as normal. On October 14, the Richmond & Twickenham Times reported the opening of the new Belgian High School at Onslow Hall, the Green, Richmond.…

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Richmond WW1 Diary 9 October 1916

Death of Oliver Boddy, one of The Alberts dead Born in 1893, Oliver Albion Boddy seems to have lived all his life in The Alberts. On the 1901 census, he lived at 2 Albany Passage and by 1911 he had moved to 9 Albany Passage, where he was listed as a Grocery Assistant. His widowed…

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Richmond WW1 Diary 7 October 1916

Deaths of George Turner, Edward Hart, & Frederick Law, three of The Alberts dead In a dark day for The Alberts, three more young men died on 7 October 1916, killed in the fighting around the Somme. Private George Turner, of Houblon Road, was just 18 when he was killed. It is possible that he…

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Richmond WW1 Diary 23 September 1916

Not everyone supported the war, and not all men wanted to go and fight. When compulsory service was introduced at the start of 1916 via conscription, many men argued that they should be exempt. The Richmond & Twickenham Times of 23 September published an article about “A Sarcastic Tradesman” who had been called up for…

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Richmond WW1 Diary 15 September 1916

First use of tanks at the Somme The war influenced the development of a range of new military technologies. This included the use of poison gas as a weapon for the first time, the use of aeroplanes in battle for the first time, and the first use of tanks. Armoured motorcars were conceived as the…

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Richmond WW1 Diary 7 September 1916

Death of Joseph Raffe, one of The Alberts dead Joseph Archer Raffe was the younger of two sons of Arthur and Emma Raffe to die in the war. He died at home of his wounds, on 7 September 1916, having been discharged from the army. His funeral in 1916 was held at St Mary Magdalene’s,…

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Richmond WW1 Diary 31 August 1916

Casualty figures British casualties for the month of August 1916 totalled 127,000 – a fifth of all those killed in the two years of the war so far. The Somme Offensive, which began on 1 July and would last until 18 November 1916, was the largest battle fought on the Western Front during the war. It remains…