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Richmond WW1 Diary 11 November 1917

Remembrance | The first cenotaph was a temporary wooden monument on Whitehall, designed by Edward Lutyens. It was part of as series of monuments on the route of the Peace Parade, to mark the formal end of the First World War in 1919. ‘Cenotaph’ comes from the Greek words meaning ’empty tomb’. Such monuments commemorate…

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Richmond WW1 Diary 26 October 1917

Deaths of Arthur Raffe & Ernest Collins – two of The Alberts dead | Arthur William Raffe initially joined the Navy, but served in an infantry battalion: Following the outbreak of war, two brigades of four infantry battalions were formed from men who were not required for service aboard ships. Born in 1892, Arthur grew…

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Richmond WW1 Diary 24 October 1917

Battle of Caporetto, defeat of the Italian Army | By late 1917, the strength of the Austro-Hungarian forces was failing and Germany feared its chief ally would pull out of the war. The decision was made to attack the Italian Army, then active on the Austro-Hungarian borders. The Battle of Caporetto, known as the Battle of…

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Richmond WW1 Diary 10 October 1917

Death of John Rapley – one of The Alberts dead | John William Rapley, of 7 Talbot Cottage, Albany Passage, was killed in action at Ypres on 10 October 1917. He was 31 and had served as a Private in the 1st Battalion East Surrey Regiment. He left a widowed mother, his wife Florence, and…

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Richmond WW1 Diary 29 September 1917

Death of William Burt – one of The Alberts dead |  William James Burt served with the 14th Kings Hussars in the Indian cavalry division, which was diverted from India to Mesopotamia at the outbreak of war. Here the mounted cavalry incorporated the Imperial Camel Corps Brigade (ICCB), a camel-mounted infantry brigade raised in the…

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Richmond WW1 Diary 5 September 1917

Death of John Parsons – one of The Alberts dead | John William Parsons, a married man living at 43 Worple Way, Richmond, died of his wounds at Mendinghem on 5 September 1917. He was buried in the cemetery there. ‘Mendinghem’, along with ‘Dozinghem’ and ‘Bandaghem’, were the humourous names given by soldiers to the…

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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…