Richmond WW1 Diary 1 November 1918

Czechoslovakia & Hungary declare independence |   At the start of the war, the Central Powers comprised Germany, the Austro-Hungarian Empire and the Ottoman Empire. Bulgaria joined the alliance in 1915 and became the first to surrender in September 1918. Following the Ottoman surrender at the end of October, it was clear the end of…

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Richmond WW1 Diary 30 September 1918

Bulgaria surrenders | On 30 September 1918, Bulgaria signed an Armistice with the Allies, the first of the Central Powers to do so. Initially neutral, Bulgaria had joined the war on the side of the Central Powers in October 1915. The government of the kingdom hoped a victory would help it expand its territory in…

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Richmond WW1 Diary 23 September 1918

Death of George Horrod – one of The Alberts dead | Private George Horrod served in The Queen’s (Royal West Surrey Regiment). He survived almost to the end of the war. He is named on the Vis en Artois Memorial, which lies between Arras and Cambrai, and George was probably killed while taking part in…

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Richmond WW1 Diary 19 September 1918

Turkish forces collapse at Megiddo | The final Allied Offensive in the Middle East began on 19 September 1918 with the Battle of Meggido. The ancient Greek name of this small town was Armageddon. With support from Arab tribes revolting from Ottoman rule, the British, Australian, and Indian forces led the attack to push the…

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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 9 December 1917

British forces capture Jerusalem from the Turkish army | British forces, supported by ANZAC and Egyptian troops, pushed on through Sinai, taking Bethlehem on 7 December. They finally captured Jerusalem from the Ottoman Turks on 9 December 1917. This was highly symbolic and a boost for Allied morale. Prime Minister Lloyd George described the capture…