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Richmond WW1 Diary 21 November 1916

Death of Franz Josef I Franz Josef, ruler of Austria-Hungary, had ruled an empire that included Bohemia (modern Czech Republic) Austria, Hungary, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Slovakia, Slovenia, and parts of Italy, Montenegro, Poland, Romania, Serbia and Ukraine. His heir was his nephew, Franz Ferdinand, whose assassination sparked the war. By the time of Franz…

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Richmond WW1 Diary 9 September 1915

War at the cinema The New Royalty Kinema opened in 1914 and stood on Water Lane (on the site of the current Curzon cinema). Like most local businesses, the cinema publically supported the war, including hosting charity concerts to raise funds. On 9 September 1915, it ran an advert in the Richmond Herald, stating “No…