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Richmond WW1 Diary 1 May 1918

May Day | In 1918, May Day embraced its modern identity as a celebration of The Workers. In newly Soviet Russia, celebrating the October Revolution of the previous year, mass parades took place in Moscow and Petrograd (St Petersburg). The celebration was somewhat muted, with the acceptance the recent Brest-Litovsk peace treaty, which had cost…

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Richmond WW1 Diary 14 April 1918

Death of Albert Fribbins – one of The Alberts dead | One of the oldest men from The Alberts to be killed, Albert George Fribbins was 42 years-old when he died and left behind a widow, Jane, and daughter Alice (20) and son George (19). George was himself old enough to serve, although we have…

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Richmond WW1 Diary 9 April 1918

German offensive in Flanders launched | Germany’s final gamble for victory began with the St Michael Offensive, named after the patron saint of Germany. The Armistice with Russia in March 1918 had freed up many men who had been fighting on the Eastern Front. Germany now directed those soldiers to the Western Front. On 9…

Richmond WW1 Diary 1 April 1918

Royal Air Force formed | When the war started in 1914, people had only been successfully flying aeroplanes for a few years. Planes were very flimsy, made of a wooden frame covered with fabric and held together with wire. Because of the weakness of the materials, these planes had two sets of wings, and were…

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Richmond WW1 Diary 22 March 1918

Death of George Burt – one of The Alberts dead | George Henry Burt (born 1890) was the middle of three brothers who left Richmond to fight in the war. Along with his brothers Arthur (born 1893) and William (born 1886), he was killed. George was a Corporal in the Royal Army Medical Corps. He…

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Richmond WW1 Diary 3 March 1918

Russia leaves the war | After the turmoil of the October Revolution and the overthrown of the Tsarist regime in 1917, a Russian government met again in January 1918, but was quickly dissolved by the Bolsheviks The temporary armistice between Russia and the Central Powers had come to an end. However, Foreign Commissar, Leon Trotsky,…

Postcard with cartoon of woman wearing a pair of trousers. Caption "Scores of women are filling mens places with great success."

Richmond WW1 Diary 6 February 1918

Women get the vote (some of them) | Linked to wider movements during the 19th century to extend voting rights to all British adults, campaigns for women’s suffrage intensified in the early 20th century. ‘Suffrage’ meant the right to vote, and women activists became known as the Suffragettes. In 1903, the Women’s Social and Political…