Deaths of Arthur Raffe & Ernest Collins – two of The Alberts dead |
Arthur William Raffe initially joined the Navy, but served in an infantry battalion: Following the outbreak of war, two brigades of four infantry battalions were formed from men who were not required for service aboard ships.
Born in 1892, Arthur grew up in Richmond and before the war worked as a Railway Van Lad, living with his parents on Beatrice Road. Arthur was the elder of two sons of Arthur and Emma Raffe to die in the war.
Ernest and Caroline Collins were married in Holy Trinity church. They had a son called Ernest and a daughter, Eva. Before the war Ernest had worked as a house painter and lived with his family at 35 Princes Road.
Both Ernest and Arthur were killed in action at Ypres (Passchendaele) on 26 October 1917.