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Richmond WW1 Diary 27 May 1917

Mutiny of French forces | Conditions for the French soldiers had deteriorated severely by the Spring of 1917, with men living – and dying – in muddy, rat and lice-infested trenches. On 27 May 1917 the mutinous atmosphere turned into open insubordination and soldiers refused orders to advance. The Commander-in-Chief, Henri Petain, ordered mass arrests,…

Richmond WW1 Diary 28 April 1917

First VC awarded to Richmond local The first local Victoria Cross winner was Lieutenant Reginald Leonard Haine of Sheendale Road, Richmond. He was awarded the VC ‘for valour in the face of the enemy’ in 1917. He lead his men during 30 hours of continuous fighting between 28-29 April, holding of the enemy in trenches near…

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Richmond WW1 Diary 31 March 1917

Women At War The General Post Office on the Home Front had employed thousands of women to replace men as they enlisted and left to fight – 35,000 by the end of 1916. In March 1917, the Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps (WAAC) was formed to take on tasks that did not need heavy labour. The first…

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Richmond WW1 Diary 13 October 1915

Death of Herbert Murton, one of The Alberts dead IN 1914 Herbert Alfred Murton was a young man, married to Louisa and working as a Van Boy for the Post Office in Richmond. He lived with Louisa at 2 Lorne Road in The Alberts, where his parents also lived. He was serving as a Private…