Richmond WW1 Diary 14 February 1916


The Valentines

The Commonwealth War graves Commission website provides details of all those who died during the First World War and have recorded burials.

A search of their database reveals 129 men called Valentine died during the war.

They were Privates, Officers, Gunners, Pilots, Able Seamen, Fusiliers and even a Cyclist. The youngest was 18 year old Private William Alfred Valentine, whose parents lived in Hendon, London. The oldest was Ship’s Master John Valentine, who left a widow in Leith, Scotland.

The Valentines came from Trinidad, New Zealand, Canada, South Africa, Scotland, Ireland, and Wales as well as many from across England. Their graves lie in countries as far afield as Italy, Greece, Pakistan, and Malawi.

The first Valentine died in August 1914, in the Battle of Mons, just weeks after the war began. The last Valentine died of his wound in London in 1920 and is buried in Stoke Newington.


While we picture the rows on rows of headstones in massive cemeteries in Northern France and Belgium, CWGC cares for monuments and graves all over the world, including in the UK. Men buried in UK cemeteries are often those who had been gravely wounded and were sent home to die. They can be unexpected discoveries in local graveyards and visiting them is one way to commemorate the WWI centenary. There are 178 war graves in Richmond cemetery, 128 in Twickenham cemetery, and more in smaller churchyards across the borough. You can search for CWGC graves in your area in the Find A Cemetery section.

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