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Richmond WW1 Diary 5 May 1917

More rationing |  The Richmond Herald published notices on the advised rations for children:   Bread Meat Sugar Under 10 years 3lb 1 1/2lb 1/2lb 10-13 years 4lb 2lb 1/2lb 13-18 years 5lb 2 1/2lb 1/2lb The local papers were filled with articles on food prices, rationing, and proposals for a communal kitchen. By May…

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Richmond WW1 Diary 10 February 1917

Poor children & orphans Local children’s lives were inevitably affected by the war. Although many of them experienced the loss of a male relative over the next years, not all aspects of the war had a negative impact. One surprising outcome was that the number of extremely poor and malnourished children actually decreased. As public…

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Richmond WW1 Diary 29 January 1916

Children and the War An editorial in the Richmond & Twickenham Times of 29 January 1916 commented on the impact of the war on children’s education, and how they had been neglected by preoccupied adults. The column addressed the emotional and psychological impact of the war on children – their familiarisation with searchlights, aerial bombardment,…