Richmond WW1 Diary 10 February 1917

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Poor children & orphans

Local children’s lives were inevitably affected by the war. Although many of them experienced the loss of a male relative over the next years, not all aspects of the war had a negative impact. One surprising outcome was that the number of extremely poor and malnourished children actually decreased. As public consciousness of the potential effects of the war on the needy grew, fund-raising events were regularly organised on behalf of poor children and war orphans.

On 10 February 1917 the Herald recorded: “The hearts of some 210 children were gladdened on Tuesday afternoon, when the annual tea provided by the Poor Children’s Dinner Committee of the RAOB was held at the Castle Assembly Rooms.” These rooms used to be just across from the Old Town Hall, now home to the Museum of Richmond, on Whittaker Avenue.

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