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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…

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Richmond WW1 Diary 13 October 1915

Death of Herbert Murton, one of The Alberts dead IN 1914 Herbert Alfred Murton was a young man, married to Louisa and working as a Van Boy for the Post Office in Richmond. He lived with Louisa at 2 Lorne Road in The Alberts, where his parents also lived. He was serving as a Private…

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Richmond WW1 Diary 17 February 1915

Death of Robert Wise, one of The Alberts dead Robert Henry Wise was born in 1890 in Richmond, baptised in Holy Trinity church, and attended St Mary’s school. He was awarded a motor engineering scholarship but by 1911 was serving as a regular soldier in the East Surrey regiment. He died on 17 February 1915 of…