Black & White postcard showing the entrance building to the South African Hospital

Richmond WW1 Diary 6 January 1917

The South African Military Hospital Visitors enjoying the tranquillity of Richmond Park are seldom aware that there was once a large military hospital within the park, not far from Star and Garter Gate. Today the only traces of the South African Military Hospital are some of its foundations, sometimes visible in the winter months. South…

Richmond WW1 Diary 1 April 1916

The Royal Star and Garter Home The idea behind the Royal Star & Garter Home was to provide pleasant surroundings, the best treatment, and as interesting and useful occupations as possible for the disabled servicemen returning from the trenches. The Herald of 1 April 1916 reported: “All that human love and care can give will be…

A group of men in overalls posed outside

Richmond WW1 Diary 8 December 1915

Origins of the poppy movement The satirical magazine Punch published for the first time In Flanders fields the poppies blow on 8 December 1915. The now-famous poem was written in honour of the men who died in the First World War by a Canadian officer and doctor, Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae:   In Flanders fields the…