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Richmond WW1 Diary 19 September 1918

Turkish forces collapse at Megiddo | The final Allied Offensive in the Middle East began on 19 September 1918 with the Battle of Meggido. The ancient Greek name of this small town was Armageddon. With support from Arab tribes revolting from Ottoman rule, the British, Australian, and Indian forces led the attack to push the…

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Richmond WW1 Diary 13 September 1918

Death of Frederick Reynolds – one of The Alberts dead | Frederick Reynolds was born in 1873, the youngest child of George, a carman, and Elizabeth Reynolds, who lived at 5 Talbot Cottages. Fred had 3 older brothers and 4 sisters. Like his father and brother, Fred started work as a carman, driving a horse and…

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Richmond WW1 Diary 23 August 1918

Death of Thomas Clements – one of The Alberts dead | Thomas Henry Clements was barely 19 when he was killed in the fighting around Arras on 23 August 1918. He had been baptised in the church of St Mary Magdalene, Richmond, and lived on Princes Road, The Alberts. He was buried in Bucquoy, Communal…

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Richmond WW1 Diary 8 August 1918

German Front collapses | On 8 August the German front collapsed following a massive tank attack around Amiens. Combined British, Australian and Canadian forces smashed the German defences. The German forces were exhausted following months of attack, and the Allies recovered most of ground lost to the German Spring Offensive. Some 17,000 German prisoners were…

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Richmond WW1 Diary 2 August 1918

British landing in Russia | Russia had been one of the original powers in the Triple Alliance with France and Great Britain. The new Bolsheviks regime in Russia had negotiated a ceasefire with the Central Powers – the German led alliance – at the end of 1917. The treaty of Brest-Litovsk was signed in Spring…

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Richmond WW1 Diary 23 July 1918

Death of Arthur Stacey – one of The Alberts dead | Arthur Athole Orwell Stacey had grown up in The Alberts, and attended St Mary’s School. He was a regular soldier, serving at the start of the war and surviving so close to the end. He was a Private in the 2nd Battalion Loyal North…

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Richmond WW1 Diary 15 July 1918

Start of the Second Battle of the Marne | The second Battle of the Marne was the last of the German Spring Offensives, which had been their last gamble for victory. Its failure was the beginning of the collapse of the German Army. Reinforced by men released from the Eastern Front after Germany’s Armistice with…