Richmond WW1 Diary 28 April 1917

First VC awarded to Richmond local The first local Victoria Cross winner was Lieutenant Reginald Leonard Haine of Sheendale Road, Richmond. He was awarded the VC ‘for valour in the face of the enemy’ in 1917. He lead his men during 30 hours of continuous fighting between 28-29 April, holding of the enemy in trenches near…

New enquiry sessions

New World War One enquiry session at the Museum of Richmond To commemorate the centenary of the Battle of the Somme and building on the work of the Heritage Lottery funded Richmond At Home & At War project, the session uses historical resources to explore the experiences of six Richmond men who died in 1916.…

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Remembrance Day 2015

Richmond roll of honour 1915 While today people across Richmond and the UK fell silent in remembrance, in 1915 the end of the war looked further away than ever. The initial enthusiasm for the cause had fallen as casualty figures rose and the stalemate deepened. According to Commonwealth War Graves Commission records, by the end…

Leonard Despicht in uniform

Final Richmond YCG WW1 film

We are delighted to present the last of the movies made by the Museum of Richmond Young Curators Group, inspired by our First World War collections. Amongst the material donated to the museum were the letters of Lieutenant Leonard Despicht, who was awarded the Military Cross for bravery. The letters were addressed mainly to his two…

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Museum of Richmond WW1 films

The second of our films created by the Museum of Richmond Young Curators is Tommies Tunes. The film was inspired by sheet music found in the museum’s collection. During the war, music  preserved bonds between those at home and the men away fighting.  Popular songs reflected the realities of the time, with themes of separation, loss, and…

Reginald Morgan in uniform

Museum of Richmond Young Curators WW1 films

As promised, we are delighted to launch the first of the films created by the museum’s Young Curators. The first film is Faces, which explores the relationship between Britain and India during the First World War. The film was inspired by material from the Museum of Richmond collections, particularly a series of photographs sent from…

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Objection and Execution

Influenced by a high-profile story of a local Conscientious Objector, Bertrand Russell, the Museum of Richmond looked for other stories. A few local residents staunchly upheld strong beliefs in the face of a tide of disapproval and ridicule and chose to become conscientious objectors. Their decisions were not to be underestimated and many of them…