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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…

Black & White postcard showing the entrance building to the South African Hospital

Richmond WW1 Diary 6 January 1917

The South African Military Hospital Visitors enjoying the tranquillity of Richmond Park are seldom aware that there was once a large military hospital within the park, not far from Star and Garter Gate. Today the only traces of the South African Military Hospital are some of its foundations, sometimes visible in the winter months. South…

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Richmond WW1 Diary 9 December 1916

Fundraising for Christmas The Saturday edition of the Richmond & Twickenham Times on 9 December 1916 was backing the campaign for the Christmas Comforts Fund. The fund provided Christmas gifts to the wounded servicemen in hospitals around Richmond. Nearly 1,400 gifts had already been supplied to the Star & Garter Home, Richmond Military Hospital, the…

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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‘.…

Soldiers recovering from their injuries posing for a photo

Richmond WW1 Diary 4 June 1916

Much of the attention during the war was on the Western Front, where some of the fiercest fighting took place. The stories uncovered as part of the Richmond At Home and At War project illustrated the extent of the war, with local soldiers and sailors serving in India, Africa, and the Middle East. Although there was limited…