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Richmond WW1 Diary 17 August 1917

Death of Leslie Orsborn – one of The Alberts dead | Leslie John Orsborn served in a cycle battalion, the Bridlington Cyclists. On the eve of the First World War, the Territorial Force had fourteen cyclist battalions. None of the territorial cycling units saw service overseas in the first months of the war, all being used…

Young British Tommies from the Cycle Corps posing with their bikes

Richmond WW1 Diary 31 July 1917

Start of the Third Battle of Ypres (Passchendaele) & Death of Arthur Edward Burt – one of The Alberts dead | Passchendaele was a small village five miles from Ypres, part of the strategic line along the Messines ridge protecting the Allied ports. The area saw intense fighting throughout the war and by the end…

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Richmond WW1 Diary 24 July 1917

Death of William Wells – one of The Alberts dead | When William John Wells died he was a bombardier, equivalent of a corporal in the artillery, in B Battery, 153rd Brigade, Royal Field Artillery. When he lived on Princes Road, Richmond, he was a fishmonger, a husband, a father. William was killed in action…

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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.…