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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…

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…

Build up to the Somme

Spring casualties During Spring 1916, the focus in Europe had been on the French defence against the German offensive at Verdun. The British and Commonwealth forces were busy preparing for the major attack now known as the Battle of the Somme. This included digging extensive tunnels to place huge explosives under the German positions. There was…

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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…

Leonard Despicht in uniform

Final Richmond YCG WW1 film

We are delighted to present the last of the movies made by the Museum of Richmond Young Curators Group, inspired by our First World War collections. Amongst the material donated to the museum were the letters of Lieutenant Leonard Despicht, who was awarded the Military Cross for bravery. The letters were addressed mainly to his two…

First World War sheet music

Museum of Richmond WW1 films

The second of our films created by the Museum of Richmond Young Curators is Tommies Tunes. The film was inspired by sheet music found in the museum’s collection. During the war, music  preserved bonds between those at home and the men away fighting.  Popular songs reflected the realities of the time, with themes of separation, loss, and…

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…