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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 9 April 1918

German offensive in Flanders launched | Germany’s final gamble for victory began with the St Michael Offensive, named after the patron saint of Germany. The Armistice with Russia in March 1918 had freed up many men who had been fighting on the Eastern Front. Germany now directed those soldiers to the Western Front. On 9…

Richmond WW1 Diary 1 April 1918

Royal Air Force formed | When the war started in 1914, people had only been successfully flying aeroplanes for a few years. Planes were very flimsy, made of a wooden frame covered with fabric and held together with wire. Because of the weakness of the materials, these planes had two sets of wings, and were…

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Richmond WW1 Diary 22 March 1918

Death of George Burt – one of The Alberts dead | George Henry Burt (born 1890) was the middle of three brothers who left Richmond to fight in the war. Along with his brothers Arthur (born 1893) and William (born 1886), he was killed. George was a Corporal in the Royal Army Medical Corps. He…

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Richmond WW1 Diary 5 January 1918

  Food Shortages | As war dragged on and shortages of basic commodities including paper, fuel, and food increased, the British government introduced nationwide rationing. Despite rationing supplies, prices climbed and by May 1917, food process were almost twice those of July 1914. This severely impacted morale, and public attitudes to anyone flouting the new…