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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…

Workers outside the Pelabon Factory in Twickenham

Belgian WW1 refugees arrive in Richmond

When Belgium was invaded in August 1914, thousands of refugees fled. Many came to Britain, supported by charities and the government. In Richmond the Cercle Fran├žais became the core of the Refugee Support Committee. Local businessmen and their wives formed groups in the sister boroughs of Teddington and Barnes, and set up hostels for refugees.…