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Richmond WW1 Diary 11 November 1916

For the fallen On 11 November 1916, there were 397 deaths recorded for the British and Commonwealth forces. Amongst the fallen were: Private Raymond Thomas Mackie, aged 26, of the Wellington Regiment, New Zealand Expeditionary Force. A medical dressing station was sited close to the cemetery of Rue Petillon, in Fleurbaix, where Raymond Mackie was buried.…

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Richmond WW1 Diary 29 April 1916

British and Indian forces surrender to Turkey following the siege of Kut While the battle in Europe focused on controlling access to the supply ports, in the Middle East it focused on Baghdad. Then the city held the same psychological significance as today and the Allies believed if they could capture Baghdad, the Turkish forces…

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Richmond WW1 Diary 25 September 1915

Start of the Battle of Loos The Battle of Loos was part of a combined British (with Indian support) and French offensive against the German line in northern France. It was an attempt to break the stalemate and return to a mobile war. The battle started at dawn on 25 September 1915, with the first…

Reginald Morgan in uniform

Museum of Richmond Young Curators WW1 films

As promised, we are delighted to launch the first of the films created by the museum’s Young Curators. The first film is Faces, which explores the relationship between Britain and India during the First World War. The film was inspired by material from the Museum of Richmond collections, particularly a series of photographs sent from…

Henry in Cairo, 1918

Reflections on the impact of the First World War

Social impacts One of the many reasons why the First World War was such an important event in British history, is the profound impact it had on society. In addition to the tangible impacts – technological developments, medical advances, casualty figures, increasing social equality – there was a significant affect on the national psyche. The…

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Richmond WW1 Diary 30 January 1915

Local regiments posted to India The two regular battalions of the East Surreys saw active service on the Western Front during the First World War, but the two Territorial battalions including the 6th (Richmond) Battalion were posted to India. Territorial battalions were made up of volunteer reserves who trained in their spare time. These men…