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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 15 September 1916

First use of tanks at the Somme The war influenced the development of a range of new military technologies. This included the use of poison gas as a weapon for the first time, the use of aeroplanes in battle for the first time, and the first use of tanks. Armoured motorcars were conceived as the…

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Richmond WW1 Diary 31 August 1916

Casualty figures British casualties for the month of August 1916 totalled 127,000 – a fifth of all those killed in the two years of the war so far. The Somme Offensive, which began on 1 July and would last until 18 November 1916, was the largest battle fought on the Western Front during the war. It remains…

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Richmond WW1 Diary 22 August 1916

Football from the Somme The local regiment, which many men from across Richmond joined, was the East Surrey Regiment. As the men from the East Surreys advanced across the battlefield of the Somme, they kicked a football between them to encourage one another. The event became famous back home in Britain as the ‘Football Charge‘.…

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Richmond WW1 Diary 5 July 1916

Somme Casualties The Battle of the Somme is notable for resulting in the largest loss of life in a singe battle. An estimated 20,000 were killed on the first day alone. Soldiers and officers tried many things to keep up morale and to spur themselves on. One incident from the opening day of the battle…