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Richmond WW1 Diary 29 September

Death of William Burt – one of The Alberts dead |  William James Burt served with the 14th Kings Hussars in the Indian cavalry division, which was diverted from India to Mesopotamia at the outbreak of war. Here the mounted cavalry incorporated the Imperial Camel Corps Brigade (ICCB), a camel-mounted infantry brigade raised in the…

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Richmond WW1 Diary 5 September

Death of John Parsons – one of The Alberts dead | John William Parsons, a married man living at 43 Worple Way, Richmond, died of his wounds at Mendinghem on 5 September 1917. He was buried in the cemetery there. ‘Mendinghem’, along with ‘Dozinghem’ and ‘Bandaghem’, were the humourous names given by soldiers to the…

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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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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…