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Richmond WW1 Diary 18 April 1918

Deaths of Albert Olrog & Alfred Orsborn – two of The Alberts dead | Albert Olrog was a family man, killed as the Germans made their final push for victory in Flanders. He lived in Hyde Road, The Alberts, Richmond, with his wife Violet Amy and three young children. A Private in the 9th Battalion…

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Richmond WW1 Diary 14 April 1918

Death of Albert Fribbins – one of The Alberts dead | One of the oldest men from The Alberts to be killed, Albert George Fribbins was 42 years-old when he died and left behind a widow, Jane, and daughter Alice (20) and son George (19). George was himself old enough to serve, although we have…

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Richmond WW1 Diary 9 April 1918

German offensive in Flanders launched | Germany’s final gamble for victory began with the St Michael Offensive, named after the patron saint of Germany. The Armistice with Russia in March 1918 had freed up many men who had been fighting on the Eastern Front. Germany now directed those soldiers to the Western Front. On 9…

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Richmond WW1 Diary 22 March 1918

Death of George Burt – one of The Alberts dead | George Henry Burt (born 1890) was the middle of three brothers who left Richmond to fight in the war. Along with his brothers Arthur (born 1893) and William (born 1886), he was killed. George was a Corporal in the Royal Army Medical Corps. He…

Richmond WW1 Diary 19 January 1918

Men From Mortlake And East Sheen By Peter Reder (Richmond At Home & At War project volunteer) The memorial board in St Mary the Virgin Church, Mortlake, records the names of 175 local men who fell in the war and a further 29 names are inscribed on a plaque in St Mary Magdalen Roman Catholic…

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Richmond WW1 Diary 1 December 1917

Birthday of Ernst Toller | Born 1 December 1893 in Prussia, Ernst Toller volunteered for duty at the start of the war. After serving in the German Army for 13 months at the Western Front he suffered a breakdown and was invalided out of the army. Although he survived the war and went on to…

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Richmond WW1 Diary 17 August 1917

Death of Leslie Orsborn – one of The Alberts dead | Leslie John Orsborn served in a cycle battalion, the Bridlington Cyclists. On the eve of the First World War, the Territorial Force had fourteen cyclist battalions. None of the territorial cycling units saw service overseas in the first months of the war, all being used…