Author Archives: Margaret Frood

About Margaret Frood

Margaret Frood is a Family and Local Historian with an insatiable curiosity about the partially told stories of a family's past. Her four war memorial blogs have been created in the hope that they will help to rescue from oblivion the stories of those listed on the war memorials of Petersham, Ham and Tur Langton, as well as Southern Africans commemorated in the UK and in Western Europe.

Keith Brennand MacWilliam (1921–1944)

117609V Lieutenant Keith Brennand MacWilliam, 34 Squadron South African Air Force, Killed in action, 16 October 1944, Poland. Keith MacWilliam was one of the 43 South African Air Force Crew killed in the extremely risky exercise of dropping supplies during … Continue reading

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Frank Fenning Fuller Kidson (1890–1918)

X/762 Private Frank Fenning Fuller Kidson, South African Medical Corps. Died of influenza, 30 October 1918 at the South African Military Hospital in Richmond Park, . If I were ever to allow myself a ‘favourite’ from amongst the Richmond Cemetery Lads, … Continue reading

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Remembrance Sunday 2016

My disappointment at the neglect, by South Africans, of the South African War Memorial on both Remembrance Day and Remembrance Sunday continues.  I was sorely tempted this year, to go to the annual commemoration at Ham or Petersham, and did not … Continue reading

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‘The Blue Death’—the influenza epidemic of 1918

The ‘Great Influenza Epidemic’ reached its height in the last quarter of 1918, though there had been a noticeable increase in influenza cases in the preceding year.  As the virus became more virulent, some patients developed complications, notably pneumonia or meningitis, for … Continue reading

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Staff Sister Dorah Bernstein (c.1889–1918)

Staff Sister Dorah Bernstein (c. 1889–1918), South African Military Nursing Service, Died 6 November 1918 at the South African Military Hospital, Richmond Park, buried at Willesden Cemetery. For some time after I first encountered an obituary of “Staff Nurse Sarah Bernstein”  my searches … Continue reading

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Between Bishop’s Pond and Conduit Wood

So, ardent walkers in Richmond Park, the best time to find the remaining signs of the foundations of the South African Military Hospital, is in the winter months. This is the view, on a fine autumn day in 2015, looking towards … Continue reading

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The “Patrons of Lost Causes” visit again

Note: This post was written on Remembrance Sunday, but for some reason, it lingered on in the Drafts folder from which it has only now been extracted!  I’ve edited it to take account of this delay. Remembrance Sunday in Richmond Cemetery, 2014, … Continue reading

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