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Richmond WW1 Diary 1 May 1917

Death of John Springett, one of The Alberts dead |  John James Springett grew up in The Alberts. His parents lived at 87 Albert Road and before that the family lived at 66 Princes Road. John was married at the time of his death, with two daughters. His wife Edith later remarried and moved with…

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Richmond WW1 Diary 23 April 1917

Death of Ernest Enright, one of The Alberts dead Ernest’s story reveals something of the reality for many men who rushed to join the army in 1914. Ernest was the son of a widow who took in laundry to support her family. In 1911, aged 16, Ernest was out of work, as was his 17…

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Richmond WW1 Diary 2 April 1917

Death of Herbert Maynard, one of The Alberts dead Herbert Arthur William Maynard was known to his family and friends as Bertie. He grew up in Richmond, baptised in Holy Trinity Church and attending the local school. Before the war he worked as a butcher’s assistant and was living with two aunts in Houblon Road.…

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Richmond WW1 Diary 11 November 1916

For the fallen On 11 November 1916, there were 397 deaths recorded for the British and Commonwealth forces. Amongst the fallen were: Private Raymond Thomas Mackie, aged 26, of the Wellington Regiment, New Zealand Expeditionary Force. A medical dressing station was sited close to the cemetery of Rue Petillon, in Fleurbaix, where Raymond Mackie was buried.…

Richmond WW1 Diary 14 February 1916

The Valentines The Commonwealth War graves Commission website provides details of all those who died during the First World War and have recorded burials. A search of their database reveals 129 men called Valentine died during the war. They were Privates, Officers, Gunners, Pilots, Able Seamen, Fusiliers and even a Cyclist. The youngest was 18 year…

Two names on a list of dead: Alfred & Arthur Christmas

Memorial to the WW1 Christmas boys

Memorials At the end of the First World War, memorials were erected in public buildings, workplaces and schools across Britain. They are an emotional reminder of the impact the war had on communities. This memorial, currently on permanent display in the Museum of Richmond, originally hung in the Wesleyan Day School, Kew Road, Lower Norwood.…

Cecil's WWI compass

WW1 compass from the Museum of Richmond exhibition

Another of the items featured in the Museum of Richmond exhibition, as well as in our schools learning resources, is the compass that belonged to Cecil Cloake. After the end of  the First World War, Cecil became a GP in Wimbledon and his son John wrote several history books about the Richmond area. The small…