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Richmond WW1 Diary 10 October

Death of John Rapley – one of The Alberts dead | John William Rapley, of 7 Talbot Cottage, Albany Passage, was killed in action at Ypres on 10 October 1917. He was 31 and had served as a Private in the 1st Battalion East Surrey Regiment. He left a widowed mother, his wife Florence, and…

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Richmond WW1 Diary 3 May 1917

Death of Charles Amor, one of The Alberts dead |  Charles Ernest Amor was a young man of 26, killed in action at Arras on 3 May 1917. He was a corporal serving in the East Surrey Regiment. His parents, William and Mary, lived at 3 Lorne Road, the Alberts. By the start of the…

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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 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…

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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.…

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Richmond WW1 Diary 15 September 1916

First use of tanks at the Somme The war influenced the development of a range of new military technologies. This included the use of poison gas as a weapon for the first time, the use of aeroplanes in battle for the first time, and the first use of tanks. Armoured motorcars were conceived as the…

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Richmond WW1 Diary 3 May 1915

Death of William Gibson, one of The Alberts dead William Alexander Gibson was killed in action at Gallipoli on 3 May 1915. He was serving with the ANZACs, as a Private in the 4th Battalion, Australian Infantry. William had been born in Richmond but by 1911 was working as a Carpenter Assistant at a school in…