One man sits on a plough while another drives a tractor pulling the plough and a third man walks alongside

Richmond WW1 Diary 1 September

Richmond Park | Even the beloved leafy spaces of Richmond were affected by the war. In 1916, the South African Military Hospital opened in Richmond Park. The same year, in a bid to ‘Dig for Victory’, some seventy acres of the Park were ploughed up for allotments. And on 1 September 1917, the Herald reported…

Build up to the Somme

Spring casualties During Spring 1916, the focus in Europe had been on the French defence against the German offensive at Verdun. The British and Commonwealth forces were busy preparing for the major attack now known as the Battle of the Somme. This included digging extensive tunnels to place huge explosives under the German positions. There was…

Richmond WW1 Diary 1 April 1916

The Royal Star and Garter Home The idea behind the Royal Star & Garter Home was to provide pleasant surroundings, the best treatment, and as interesting and useful occupations as possible for the disabled servicemen returning from the trenches. The Herald of 1 April 1916 reported: “All that human love and care can give will be…

Dozens of recruits in civilian clothes muster in the park

WW1 recruits in Richmond Park

An unusually short post to share an image: Taken in March 1915, the back of the photo has the note ‘Chummy on Point Duty’. We do not know who Chummy was.  Presumably he is one of the men in suits waiting to be turned into soldiers, proud and excited at having volunteered. The image shows recruits…