Richmond WW1 Diary 29 October 1914

Image of poppy and 100 Years Ago

Turkey enters the war and fighting in Europe reaches stalemate

On 29 October 1914 Turkey, the Ottoman Empire, entered the war on the side of Austria-Hungary and Germany, the alliance known as the Central Powers.

The Retreat from Mons and the Race for the Sea, had ended in the First Battle of Ypres, which began in October 1914. After this mobile phase, the war on the Western Front settled into the now familiar stalemate of trench warfare.

The Richmond war memorial, at the end of Whittaker Avenue near the Old Town Hall, records the name of David Smith, a Lance Corporal in the Royal West Surrey Regiment. He was born in Richmond and his parents lived in Rosedale Road. David was killed in action near Ypres on 29th October 1914, aged 28.You can find out more about the Richmond memorial and the men recorded on it here.

Do you know anything more about David Smith? You can get in touch to share your story.

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