Death of Rupert Sarbach, first of The Alberts dead
Rupert Oliver Sarbach was the son of a Swiss hotel porter who had emigrated to London. The family lived at Spring Cottage, Princes Road and Rupert had attended the Holy Trinity Infants School.
At the start of the war he was a serving soldier, a Private in the Queen’s Royal Lancers, 1st Cavalry division. He was killed in action in Belgium, on 11 October 1914, and is commemorated on the Ploesteert memorial, Hainault. He was 25 years old.
The Alberts, is a tightly-packed network of linked streets off Sheen Road, Richmond. One hundred years ago the 400 or so two-up-two-down cottages were home to 36 of the men from Richmond who died during the war, and their families.