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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,…

Simple wooden cross grave marker from First World War

Richmond WW1 Diary 1 July 1916

Start of the Battle of the Somme Expected to be a decisive battle and a clear victory for the Allies, the Somme started with a seven-day artillery bombardment. It was the largest ever seen and was intended to destroy the enemy guns, to allow the troops to march across No Mans Land to take the German…

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Richmond WW1 Diary 29 June 1916

As part of the Richmond At Home and At War exhibition, the Royal Star & Garter Home loaned the Museum of Richmond material from their archives. One of the items was a patient card for Earnest Laurence Johnson. These cards were written for every soldier at the home. One of the fantastic Museum of Richmond volunteer…

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Richmond WW1 Diary 24 June 1916

A soldier’s suicide A small article in the Richmond & Twickenham Times on June 24 noted the apparent suicide of a young soldier. The 22-year old had been home on leave after several months in France and was due to return to the Front the following day. The paper recorded that he was found in a…