Allan Barr leading his troops in Peronne

WW1 stories from the ladies of Kew

In February 2015, staff from the Museum of Richmond joined residents from Abbeyfield’s Palmer House in Kew for a reminiscence session. Using objects from the museum’s WWI collection and recordings of popular songs, we shared some of the stories recovered as part of the HLF-funded Richmond at Home and at War project. The visit prompted…

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Richmond WW1 Diary 17 January 1915

Death of Alfred Pines, one of The Alberts dead Alfred George Pines was born in 1896 and spent his early years in Putney, attending St Mary’s School in Wandsworth.  By 1911 he was living at 6 Houblon Road in The Alberts.  The census of that year listed his occupation as ‘van boy’.  Alfred must have…

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Richmond WW1 Diary 24 November 1914

End of the First Battle of Ypres Ypres was a strategically important town in Western Belgium. It was the last obstacle between the German advance and the ports of Boulogne and Calais, which were vital supply lines between Britain and France. It became the focus for fierce fighting throughout the duration of the First World War.…

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Richmond WW1 Diary 29 October 1914

Turkey enters the war and fighting in Europe reaches stalemate On 29 October 1914 Turkey, the Ottoman Empire, entered the war on the side of Austria-Hungary and Germany, the alliance known as the Central Powers. The Retreat from Mons and the Race for the Sea, had ended in the First Battle of Ypres, which began…