Anniversary of the start of the war |
News of offensives were understandably kept quiet, so not to fall into enemy hands.
Once a battle had begun, it took time for reports and news of casualties to reach home. So as the battle raged at Passchendaele, people in Richmond were preparing to commemorate the 4th anniversary of the beginning of the war. The St Luke’s Parish, Richmond, parish magazine recorded:
FOURTH ANNIVERSARY OF DECLARATION OF WAR
“Saturday August 4th, The Archbishops have authorised special Services, for that day and the following Sunday.”