Richmond WW1 Diary 22 October 1916

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Death of Herbert King, one of The Alberts dead

Herbert King worked at The Herald printing works and his death was later commemorated in that same newspaper. He had been a Driver in the 41st Division Artillery Column, Royal Field Artillery.

Another victim of the Somme, he died of his wounds on 22 October 1916 and is buried at Etretat Churchyard, France.

The Battle of the Somme is remembered as the largest single loss of life for the British Army during the war. There were some 19,000 British deaths in the first day alone, as advancing lines of men were cut down by enemy machine guns. When the scale of the loss began to be known at home, the tide of popular support for the war turned, leading to the collapse of the government.

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