Simple wooden cross grave marker from First World War

Richmond WW1 Diary 1 July 1916

Start of the Battle of the Somme Expected to be a decisive battle and a clear victory for the Allies, the Somme started with a seven-day artillery bombardment. It was the largest ever seen and was intended to destroy the enemy guns, to allow the troops to march across No Mans Land to take the German…

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Richmond WW1 Diary 3 June 1916

Religion during the war Faith and religion grew in significance for many, as people dealt with the deaths of loved ones on an unprecedented scale. In the Anglican Church, England’s official religion and the one most English people belonged to, there was a surge in church attendance at the start of the war, and again in…

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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 8 June 1915

In the edition of 14 June 1915, the Herald announced that William Henry Johnston VC had been killed in action on 8 June. As a Captain in the Royal Engineers, on 14 September 1914, at Missy on the River Aisne in France, William crossed the river seven times in a raft under constant fire to…