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Richmond WW1 Diary 26 October 1915

Belgian refugee child adopted The First World War caused an unprecedented refugee crisis in Europe, as people sought safety from the battles and from associated hunger and disease. St Mary Magdalene, the Anglican parish church in Richmond provided a focal point for activities related to supporting parishioners and others during the war years. The monthly…

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Richmond WW1 Diary 25 September 1915

Start of the Battle of Loos The Battle of Loos was part of a combined British (with Indian support) and French offensive against the German line in northern France. It was an attempt to break the stalemate and return to a mobile war. The battle started at dawn on 25 September 1915, with the first…

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Richmond WW1 Diary 11 September 1915

First memorial to a Richmond soldier On September 11 1915, the Richmond Herald recorded the erection of the first memorial to a Richmond soldier killed in the war. The memorial in Holy Trinity Church was put up for Private Clifford Eaton King. Clifford had been killed on 30 April 1915 during the Second Battle of Ypres.…

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Richmond WW1 Diary 17 February 1915

Death of Robert Wise, one of The Alberts dead Robert Henry Wise was born in 1890 in Richmond, baptised in Holy Trinity church, and attended St Mary’s school. He was awarded a motor engineering scholarship but by 1911 was serving as a regular soldier in the East Surrey regiment. He died on 17 February 1915 of…

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Richmond WW1 Diary 19 January 1915

The first Zeppelin raids on Britain The first Zeppelin air raid had been on the city of Liege, Belgium, on 6 August 1914, when nine civilians were killed. The first fatal air raid on Britain resulted in the deaths of four people on 19 January 1915. Two Zeppelins dropped bombs on the east coast towns…