Richmond WW1 Diary 19 January

Men From Mortlake And East Sheen By Peter Reder (Richmond At Home & At War project volunteer) The memorial board in St Mary the Virgin Church, Mortlake, records the names of 175 local men who fell in the war and a further 29 names are inscribed on a plaque in St Mary Magdalen Roman Catholic…

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Richmond WW1 Diary 5 January

  Food Shortages | As war dragged on and shortages of basic commodities including paper, fuel, and food increased, the British government introduced nationwide rationing. Despite rationing supplies, prices climbed and by May 1917, food process were almost twice those of July 1914. This severely impacted morale, and public attitudes to anyone flouting the new…

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Richmond WW1 Diary 26 October

Deaths of Arthur Raffe & Ernest Collins – two of The Alberts dead | Arthur William Raffe initially joined the Navy, but served in an infantry battalion: Following the outbreak of war, two brigades of four infantry battalions were formed from men who were not required for service aboard ships. Born in 1892, Arthur grew…

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Richmond WW1 Diary 24 October

Battle of Caporetto, defeat of the Italian Army | By late 1917, the strength of the Austro-Hungarian forces was failing and Germany feared its chief ally would pull out of the war. The decision was made to attack the Italian Army, then active on the Austro-Hungarian borders. The Battle of Caporetto, known as the Battle of…

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Richmond WW1 Diary 10 October

Death of John Rapley – one of The Alberts dead | John William Rapley, of 7 Talbot Cottage, Albany Passage, was killed in action at Ypres on 10 October 1917. He was 31 and had served as a Private in the 1st Battalion East Surrey Regiment. He left a widowed mother, his wife Florence, and…

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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 5 September

Death of John Parsons – one of The Alberts dead | John William Parsons, a married man living at 43 Worple Way, Richmond, died of his wounds at Mendinghem on 5 September 1917. He was buried in the cemetery there. ‘Mendinghem’, along with ‘Dozinghem’ and ‘Bandaghem’, were the humourous names given by soldiers to the…