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Richmond WW1 Diary 1 May 1917

Death of John Springett, one of The Alberts dead |  John James Springett grew up in The Alberts. His parents lived at 87 Albert Road and before that the family lived at 66 Princes Road. John was married at the time of his death, with two daughters. His wife Edith later remarried and moved with…

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Richmond WW1 Diary 18 November 1916

The situation in Constance (Konstanz) Constance, Germany, was a small garrison town on the shores of Lake Constance, on the border with Switzerland. In August 1914 it hosted the last European Peace Conference before the continent and the world erupted into war. As elsewhere across Europe, Germany suffered from severe food shortages. Things were worse…

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Richmond WW1 Diary 20 July 1916

Wounded Germans Before the start of the war, relations between Britain and Germany and their citizens had been good, not least because the British and German royal families were related. But after the outbreak of war, Germans living in London found their homes and businesses under attack, as people were over-whelmed by pro-war frenzy. However,…

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Richmond WW1 Diary 9 September 1915

War at the cinema The New Royalty Kinema opened in 1914 and stood on Water Lane (on the site of the current Curzon cinema). Like most local businesses, the cinema publically supported the war, including hosting charity concerts to raise funds. On 9 September 1915, it ran an advert in the Richmond Herald, stating “No…

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Richmond WW1 Diary 26 June 1915

Suspected German imprisoned On 26 June 1915 the Richmond Herald ran an article about the sentencing of a German national as an Enemy Alien. Heinrich Pretyfelder, known as Henry Jay Pretyfeld, was a commercial traveller of West Park Road, Kew. Born in Germany, he had lived in the US since the age of 16 and…

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Richmond WW1 Diary 7 May 1915

Sinking of the Lusitania The Lusitania was a passenger ship of the Cunard line sunk off the southern coast of Ireland by a German U-boat submarine on 7 May 1915.   The ship was travelling between Britain and the USA. There was great public outcry at the sinking, in which 1,195 people were killed. The German government…