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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.…

Allan Barr leading his troops in Peronne

WW1 stories from the ladies of Kew

In February 2015, staff from the Museum of Richmond joined residents from Abbeyfield’s Palmer House in Kew for a reminiscence session. Using objects from the museum’s WWI collection and recordings of popular songs, we shared some of the stories recovered as part of the HLF-funded Richmond at Home and at War project. The visit prompted…

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…