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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,…

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Richmond WW1 Diary 3 May 1917

Death of Charles Amor, one of The Alberts dead |  Charles Ernest Amor was a young man of 26, killed in action at Arras on 3 May 1917. He was a corporal serving in the East Surrey Regiment. His parents, William and Mary, lived at 3 Lorne Road, the Alberts. By the start of the…

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Richmond WW1 Diary 22 October 1916

Death of Herbert King, one of The Alberts dead Herbert King worked at The Herald printing works and his death was later commemorated in that same newspaper. He had been a Driver in the 41st Division Artillery Column, Royal Field Artillery. Another victim of the Somme, he died of his wounds on 22 October 1916…

Simple wooden cross grave marker from First World War

Richmond WW1 Diary 1 July 1916

Start of the Battle of the Somme Expected to be a decisive battle and a clear victory for the Allies, the Somme started with a seven-day artillery bombardment. It was the largest ever seen and was intended to destroy the enemy guns, to allow the troops to march across No Mans Land to take the German…

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Richmond WW1 Diary 21 February 1916

Start of the Battle of Verdun  The Verdun Offensive was an attempt by the Germans to end the stalemate with France. An area of barely 10 square kilometres, Verdun was perceived as the gateway to France. Considered one of the longest battles in history, it lasted from 21 February 1916 to 19 December 1916, resulting in…

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Richmond WW1 Diary 18 February 1916

Surrender of German Cameroon Overshadowed by the scale of the fighting on the Western Front, the war in Africa reflected the political situation in Europe. The Scramble for Africa in the 1870s had created a patchwork continent of territories held by the imperial European powers. When those powers declared war in 1914, the colonies in…

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Richmond WW1 Diary 26 October 1915

Belgian refugee child adopted The First World War caused an unprecedented refugee crisis in Europe, as people sought safety from the battles and from associated hunger and disease. St Mary Magdalene, the Anglican parish church in Richmond provided a focal point for activities related to supporting parishioners and others during the war years. The monthly…