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Richmond WW1 Diary 16 June 1917

The Richmond communal kitchen opens |  The Herald of 16 June 1917 reported on the Mayor’s Food Economy Committee announcement that they would be opening the Richmond Communal Kitchen at St John’s House, Clarence Street, for the sale of dinners at twelve o’clock (noon). The paper emphasised that the kitchen was not a charity, but part…

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Richmond WW1 Diary 7 June 1917

Messines ridge destroyed | On 17 June 1917 a huge underground explosion destroyed the German-held Messines ridge south of Ypres. British, Australian and Canadian miners had worked for a year to dig tunnels and place 600 tonnes of explosives. Some 10,000 German soldiers were killed instantly and the blast was heard as far away as…

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Richmond WW1 Diary 27 May 1917

Mutiny of French forces | Conditions for the French soldiers had deteriorated severely by the Spring of 1917, with men living – and dying – in muddy, rat and lice-infested trenches. On 27 May 1917 the mutinous atmosphere turned into open insubordination and soldiers refused orders to advance. The Commander-in-Chief, Henri Petain, ordered mass arrests,…

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Richmond WW1 Diary 13 May 1917

London bus drivers strike |  In May 1917, Richmond was affected by the London-wide strike by bus drivers. Unrest had been growing as the war dragged on and wages failed to keep pace with the rising costs of food and basic necessities. In February 1915 in Scotland, Clydeside armament workers went out for higher pay.…

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Richmond WW1 Diary 5 May 1917

More rationing |  The Richmond Herald published notices on the advised rations for children:   Bread Meat Sugar Under 10 years 3lb 1 1/2lb 1/2lb 10-13 years 4lb 2lb 1/2lb 13-18 years 5lb 2 1/2lb 1/2lb The local papers were filled with articles on food prices, rationing, and proposals for a communal kitchen. By May…

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Richmond WW1 Diary 3 May 1917

Death of Charles Amor, one of The Alberts dead |  Charles Ernest Amor was a young man of 26, killed in action at Arras on 3 May 1917. He was a corporal serving in the East Surrey Regiment. His parents, William and Mary, lived at 3 Lorne Road, the Alberts. By the start of the…

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Richmond WW1 Diary 1 May 1917

Death of John Springett, one of The Alberts dead |  John James Springett grew up in The Alberts. His parents lived at 87 Albert Road and before that the family lived at 66 Princes Road. John was married at the time of his death, with two daughters. His wife Edith later remarried and moved with…