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Richmond WW1 Diary 9 December

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…

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Richmond WW1 Diary 30 November

Death of Roy Woodhams – one of The Alberts dead | Private Roy Woodhams, of Worple Way, was just 17 when he was killed on 30 November 1917. He fell in the Battle of Cambrai, a British Offensive against the Germans that is remembered as the first time tanks were successfully used in a combined…

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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 23 April 1917

Death of Ernest Enright, one of The Alberts dead Ernest’s story reveals something of the reality for many men who rushed to join the army in 1914. Ernest was the son of a widow who took in laundry to support her family. In 1911, aged 16, Ernest was out of work, as was his 17…

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Richmond WW1 Diary 2 April 1917

Death of Herbert Maynard, one of The Alberts dead Herbert Arthur William Maynard was known to his family and friends as Bertie. He grew up in Richmond, baptised in Holy Trinity Church and attending the local school. Before the war he worked as a butcher’s assistant and was living with two aunts in Houblon Road.…

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Richmond WW1 Diary 13 February 1917

Death of Edward Tompkins, one of The Alberts dead Edward Tompkins was a Private in the 1/5 Battalion, Middlesex Regiment.   Before the war he had been a painter, living with three younger brothers and one sister. The census listed Edward as head of the household, which likely meant their parents had died. We do not know…

Rows of gravestones around the First Worls War memorial in Richmond Cemetery

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,…