Richmond WW1 Diary 28 October 1914

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Death of Alfred White, one of The Alberts dead

Alfred Henry White had been working as a postman before volunteering at the start of the war. He was sent out to France within weeks, so it is possible he had already been serving in one of the Territorial reserve regiments.

Alfred had lived in The Alberts all his life, moving from the Apsley Cottages on Albert Road, to 41 and then 15 Albert Road. He went to St Mary’s school on Eton Street and attended the parish church. Before he died, he had married Elizabeth White, although we have not been able to discover whether they had any children.

Alfred was killed in the fighting around Ypres on 28 October 1914, aged about 30 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.

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