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Richmond WW1 Diary 14 October 1916

Home Front news While the Roll of Honour – obituaries for the fallen servicemen – grew longer in the local papers, efforts were made to try and continue with life as normal. On October 14, the Richmond & Twickenham Times reported the opening of the new Belgian High School at Onslow Hall, the Green, Richmond.…

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Richmond WW1 Diary 3 June 1916

Religion during the war Faith and religion grew in significance for many, as people dealt with the deaths of loved ones on an unprecedented scale. In the Anglican Church, England’s official religion and the one most English people belonged to, there was a surge in church attendance at the start of the war, and again 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…

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Richmond WW1 Diary 25 September 1915

Start of the Battle of Loos The Battle of Loos was part of a combined British (with Indian support) and French offensive against the German line in northern France. It was an attempt to break the stalemate and return to a mobile war. The battle started at dawn on 25 September 1915, with the first…

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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 Français 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.…