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Richmond WW1 Diary 18 April 1918

Deaths of Albert Olrog & Alfred Orsborn – two of The Alberts dead | Albert Olrog was a family man, killed as the Germans made their final push for victory in Flanders. He lived in Hyde Road, The Alberts, Richmond, with his wife Violet Amy and three young children. A Private in the 9th Battalion…

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Richmond WW1 Diary 15 April 1918

Death of Joseph Hobbs – one of The Alberts dead | Joseph Victor Hobbs is commemorated on the Richmond War Memorial, which was erected in the early 1920s by the Old Town Hall. On the Roll of Honour site he has been identified as a Private in the Labour Corps who was killed in action…

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Richmond WW1 Diary 14 April 1918

Death of Albert Fribbins – one of The Alberts dead | One of the oldest men from The Alberts to be killed, Albert George Fribbins was 42 years-old when he died and left behind a widow, Jane, and daughter Alice (20) and son George (19). George was himself old enough to serve, although we have…

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Richmond WW1 Diary 30 November 1917

Death of Roy Woodhams – one of The Alberts dead | Private Roy Woodhams, of Worple Way, was just 17 when he was killed on 30 November 1917. He fell in the Battle of Cambrai, a British Offensive against the Germans that is remembered as the first time tanks were successfully used in a combined…

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Richmond WW1 Diary 11 November 1917

Remembrance | The first cenotaph was a temporary wooden monument on Whitehall, designed by Edward Lutyens. It was part of as series of monuments on the route of the Peace Parade, to mark the formal end of the First World War in 1919. ‘Cenotaph’ comes from the Greek words meaning ’empty tomb’. Such monuments commemorate…

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Richmond WW1 Diary 24 October 1917

Battle of Caporetto, defeat of the Italian Army | By late 1917, the strength of the Austro-Hungarian forces was failing and Germany feared its chief ally would pull out of the war. The decision was made to attack the Italian Army, then active on the Austro-Hungarian borders. The Battle of Caporetto, known as the Battle of…

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Richmond WW1 Diary 10 October 1917

Death of John Rapley – one of The Alberts dead | John William Rapley, of 7 Talbot Cottage, Albany Passage, was killed in action at Ypres on 10 October 1917. He was 31 and had served as a Private in the 1st Battalion East Surrey Regiment. He left a widowed mother, his wife Florence, and…