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Richmond WW1 Diary 7 June 1917

Messines ridge destroyed | On 17 June 1917 a huge underground explosion destroyed the German-held Messines ridge south of Ypres. British, Australian and Canadian miners had worked for a year to dig tunnels and place 600 tonnes of explosives. Some 10,000 German soldiers were killed instantly and the blast was heard as far away as…

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Richmond WW1 Diary 27 May 1917

Mutiny of French forces | Conditions for the French soldiers had deteriorated severely by the Spring of 1917, with men living – and dying – in muddy, rat and lice-infested trenches. On 27 May 1917 the mutinous atmosphere turned into open insubordination and soldiers refused orders to advance. The Commander-in-Chief, Henri Petain, ordered mass arrests,…

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Richmond WW1 Diary 28 October 1916

German Prisoners The Richmond & Twickenham Times reported a group of German prisoners had been spotted at Richmond station. They had been discharged from local hospitals and, recovered from their wounds, were on their way to prisoner-of-war camps. Although their uniforms were noted to be “stained” and the men generally in poor shape, the article…

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Richmond WW1 Diary 22 October 1916

Death of Herbert King, one of The Alberts dead Herbert King worked at The Herald printing works and his death was later commemorated in that same newspaper. He had been a Driver in the 41st Division Artillery Column, Royal Field Artillery. Another victim of the Somme, he died of his wounds on 22 October 1916…

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Richmond WW1 Diary 9 October 1916

Death of Oliver Boddy, one of The Alberts dead Born in 1893, Oliver Albion Boddy seems to have lived all his life in The Alberts. On the 1901 census, he lived at 2 Albany Passage and by 1911 he had moved to 9 Albany Passage, where he was listed as a Grocery Assistant. His widowed…

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Richmond WW1 Diary 7 October 1916

Deaths of George Turner, Edward Hart, & Frederick Law, three of The Alberts dead In a dark day for The Alberts, three more young men died on 7 October 1916, killed in the fighting around the Somme. Private George Turner, of Houblon Road, was just 18 when he was killed. It is possible that he…

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Richmond WW1 Diary 7 September 1916

Death of Joseph Raffe, one of The Alberts dead Joseph Archer Raffe was the younger of two sons of Arthur and Emma Raffe to die in the war. He died at home of his wounds, on 7 September 1916, having been discharged from the army. His funeral in 1916 was held at St Mary Magdalene’s,…