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Richmond WW1 Diary 22 August 1916

Football from the Somme The local regiment, which many men from across Richmond joined, was the East Surrey Regiment. As the men from the East Surreys advanced across the battlefield of the Somme, they kicked a football between them to encourage one another. The event became famous back home in Britain as the ‘Football Charge‘.…

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Richmond WW1 Diary 5 July 1916

Somme Casualties The Battle of the Somme is notable for resulting in the largest loss of life in a singe battle. An estimated 20,000 were killed on the first day alone. Soldiers and officers tried many things to keep up morale and to spur themselves on. One incident from the opening day of the battle…

Build up to the Somme

Spring casualties During Spring 1916, the focus in Europe had been on the French defence against the German offensive at Verdun. The British and Commonwealth forces were busy preparing for the major attack now known as the Battle of the Somme. This included digging extensive tunnels to place huge explosives under the German positions. There was…

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Richmond WW1 Diary 8 January 1916

Gas Attack The Richmond Herald, 8 January 1916, ran a story titled ‘The Kaiser’s tears’, a Richmond man’s account of surviving a gas attack. He wrote:  “At one point our trench was blown up…I stepped into the darkness and fell off, rifle and all. My word I was in a pickle. Some saucy German had…

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Richmond WW1 Diary 13 October 1915

Death of Herbert Murton, one of The Alberts dead IN 1914 Herbert Alfred Murton was a young man, married to Louisa and working as a Van Boy for the Post Office in Richmond. He lived with Louisa at 2 Lorne Road in The Alberts, where his parents also lived. He was serving as a Private…

Reginald Morgan in uniform

Museum of Richmond Young Curators WW1 films

As promised, we are delighted to launch the first of the films created by the museum’s Young Curators. The first film is Faces, which explores the relationship between Britain and India during the First World War. The film was inspired by material from the Museum of Richmond collections, particularly a series of photographs sent from…

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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…