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Richmond WW1 Diary 3 May 1917

Death of Charles Amor, one of The Alberts dead |  Charles Ernest Amor was a young man of 26, killed in action at Arras on 3 May 1917. He was a corporal serving in the East Surrey Regiment. His parents, William and Mary, lived at 3 Lorne Road, the Alberts. By the start of the…

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Richmond WW1 Diary 13 February 1917

Death of Edward Tompkins, one of The Alberts dead Edward Tompkins was a Private in the 1/5 Battalion, Middlesex Regiment.   Before the war he had been a painter, living with three younger brothers and one sister. The census listed Edward as head of the household, which likely meant their parents had died. We do not know…

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Richmond WW1 Diary 23 December 1916

Christmas “It is not a time for fasting and rejoicing on the scale of former years …” (Richmond & Twickenham Times, 23 December 1916) As Christmas 1916 approached in Richmond, the mood was sombre. There seemed little to celebrate in the aftermath of the Somme, and little to spare anyway. The newspapers reported on the…

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Richmond WW1 Diary 11 November 1916

For the fallen On 11 November 1916, there were 397 deaths recorded for the British and Commonwealth forces. Amongst the fallen were: Private Raymond Thomas Mackie, aged 26, of the Wellington Regiment, New Zealand Expeditionary Force. A medical dressing station was sited close to the cemetery of Rue Petillon, in Fleurbaix, where Raymond Mackie was buried.…

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Richmond WW1 Diary 22 October 1916

Death of Herbert King, one of The Alberts dead Herbert King worked at The Herald printing works and his death was later commemorated in that same newspaper. He had been a Driver in the 41st Division Artillery Column, Royal Field Artillery. Another victim of the Somme, he died of his wounds on 22 October 1916…

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Richmond WW1 Diary 9 October 1916

Death of Oliver Boddy, one of The Alberts dead Born in 1893, Oliver Albion Boddy seems to have lived all his life in The Alberts. On the 1901 census, he lived at 2 Albany Passage and by 1911 he had moved to 9 Albany Passage, where he was listed as a Grocery Assistant. His widowed…

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Richmond WW1 Diary 7 October 1916

Deaths of George Turner, Edward Hart, & Frederick Law, three of The Alberts dead In a dark day for The Alberts, three more young men died on 7 October 1916, killed in the fighting around the Somme. Private George Turner, of Houblon Road, was just 18 when he was killed. It is possible that he…