Black & White postcard showing the entrance building to the South African Hospital

Richmond WW1 Diary 6 January 1917

The South African Military Hospital Visitors enjoying the tranquillity of Richmond Park are seldom aware that there was once a large military hospital within the park, not far from Star and Garter Gate. Today the only traces of the South African Military Hospital are some of its foundations, sometimes visible in the winter months. South…

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Richmond WW1 Diary 9 December 1916

Fundraising for Christmas The Saturday edition of the Richmond & Twickenham Times on 9 December 1916 was backing the campaign for the Christmas Comforts Fund. The fund provided Christmas gifts to the wounded servicemen in hospitals around Richmond. Nearly 1,400 gifts had already been supplied to the Star & Garter Home, Richmond Military Hospital, the…

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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 29 June 1916

As part of the Richmond At Home and At War exhibition, the Royal Star & Garter Home loaned the Museum of Richmond material from their archives. One of the items was a patient card for Earnest Laurence Johnson. These cards were written for every soldier at the home. One of the fantastic Museum of Richmond volunteer…

Soldiers recovering from their injuries posing for a photo

Richmond WW1 Diary 4 June 1916

Much of the attention during the war was on the Western Front, where some of the fiercest fighting took place. The stories uncovered as part of the Richmond At Home and At War project illustrated the extent of the war, with local soldiers and sailors serving in India, Africa, and the Middle East. Although there was limited…

Dorothy Hardy and several unknown colleagues

Richmond’s forgotten WW1 stories

Forgotten stories One of the items featured in the Museum of Richmond First World War exhibition, as well as in our schools learning resources, is the MBE awarded to Dorothy Hardy. It was loaned by Dorothy’s daughter, Jean. Dorothy was one of nine children of the successful artist Thomas Bush Hardy. During the First World…

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Richmond WW1 Diary 6 November 1914

The Richmond Red Cross hospital receives its first patients The Richmond Red Cross Hospital was established in Old Friars, which had previously been the Richmond Liberal and Reform Club. The large, double-fronted property was lent to the Red Cross for the duration of the First World War. The first patients were admitted on the 6 November 1914.…