Dozens of recruits in civilian clothes muster in the park

WW1 recruits in Richmond Park

An unusually short post to share an image: Taken in March 1915, the back of the photo has the note ‘Chummy on Point Duty’. We do not know who Chummy was.  Presumably he is one of the men in suits waiting to be turned into soldiers, proud and excited at having volunteered. The image shows recruits…

Joyeux Noel

Richmond remembers the first Christmas of WW1

Christmas for service personnel around the world is always a difficult time but people make the best of it, just as they did 100 years ago. This picture below was published in the Richmond Herald on 30 January 1915. The quality is poor but it is just possible to make out the Christmas wishes – below a more sombre…