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Richmond WW1 Diary 7 December 1916

Lloyd George becomes new UK Prime Minister Nationally, the mood of popular support for the war in Britain changed following the Battle of the Somme. As the casualty figures – one million British Empire dead – began to emerge, rumours of poor leadership grew. Discontent led to the then Prime Minister, Herbert Asquith, being forced…

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Richmond WW1 Diary 1 January 1916

Soldiers’ propaganda Across the country throughout the First World War local newspapers printed contributions written by soldiers, either during their time on the Front or on their return. These usually reinforced a message of patriotic duty.   The following lines from a poem by Sergeant Thurlow, sent from Malta, were printed by the Richmond and Twickenham…