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Richmond WW1 Diary 9 December

British forces capture Jerusalem from the Turkish army | British forces, supported by ANZAC and Egyptian troops, pushed on through Sinai, taking Bethlehem on 7 December. They finally captured Jerusalem from the Ottoman Turks on 9 December 1917. This was highly symbolic and a boost for Allied morale. Prime Minister Lloyd George described the capture…

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Richmond WW1 Diary 30 November

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 4 August 1917

Anniversary of the start of the war | News of offensives were understandably kept quiet, so not to fall into enemy hands. Once a battle had begun, it took time for reports and news of casualties to reach home. So as the battle raged at Passchendaele, people in Richmond were preparing to commemorate the 4th…

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Richmond WW1 Diary 24 July 1917

Death of William Wells – one of The Alberts dead | When William John Wells died he was a bombardier, equivalent of a corporal in the artillery, in B Battery, 153rd Brigade, Royal Field Artillery. When he lived on Princes Road, Richmond, he was a fishmonger, a husband, a father. William was killed in action…

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Remembrance Day 2015

Richmond roll of honour 1915 While today people across Richmond and the UK fell silent in remembrance, in 1915 the end of the war looked further away than ever. The initial enthusiasm for the cause had fallen as casualty figures rose and the stalemate deepened. According to Commonwealth War Graves Commission records, by the end…

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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…