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…

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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…

Richmond WW1 Diary 6 April 1917

USA declares war on Germany In 1914 as war spread across Europe, the United States had adopted a policy of isolationism, aiming to stay aloof from European affairs. As it rapidly became clear that the scope of the war would not be limited to Europe, people within the US agitated for America to join the…

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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.…

Postcard with cartoon of woman wearing a pair of trousers. Caption "Scores of women are filling mens places with great success."

Richmond WW1 Diary 31 March 1917

Women At War The General Post Office on the Home Front had employed thousands of women to replace men as they enlisted and left to fight – 35,000 by the end of 1916. In March 1917, the Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps (WAAC) was formed to take on tasks that did not need heavy labour. The first…

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Richmond WW1 Diary 27 March 1917

British defeat at Gaza The First Battle of Gaza was the first attempt by the Allies to advance south into Ottoman territory. Fighting took place around the town of Gaza on the Mediterranean coast. The British forces were close to capturing the town when the order came to withdraw, as it was feared huge Ottoman…

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Richmond WW1 Diary 11 March 1917

British forces take Baghdad In the Spring of 1917, there was much attention on the war in the Middle East. At the start of the First World War, the Ottoman Empire covered vast territories in the Middle East, including parts of modern day Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Iraq, Palestine/Israel, Lebanon, Syria, and Jordan. The heart of…