The Ribbon of Remembrance

Marking the centenary anniversary of the end of the First World War, our online Ribbon of Remembrance will grow with every submission we receive.

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Evan Francis Kerruish

Evan Francis Kerruish

Born on 20th July 1897 at Port Elgin, Ontario, Canada, Evan Kerruish was destined to be buried in distant Catterick at the age of 20….

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Herbert Lawson Riley

Herbert Lawson Riley

Midshipman Herbert Lawson Riley Anne Luxmore came to one of our drop-in sessions at The Station to tell us about her Uncle, Herbert Lawson Riley….

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Oakley Alsop Browning

Oakley Alsop Browning

Researched by Will Young. Second Lieutenant Oakley Alsop Browning is burried in the cemetery in Catterick Village. He enlisted on 6th October 1915 as 9587…

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Evan Francis Kerruish

Evan Francis Kerruish

Born on 20th July 1897 at Port Elgin, Ontario, Canada, Evan Kerruish was destined to be burried in distant Catterick at the age of 20….

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Warwick McCartney

Warwick McCartney

Submitted by Wendy Patch I am the granddaughter of the much celebrated Harry Patch, who is famous, for the most part because he survived the…

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Robert William Watson

Robert William Watson

Submitted by Jon Bemrose. Robert William Watson was the Fourth son of Alfred and Annie Watson, of 15, Ashville St., Bridlington. Before the outbreak of…

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Reginald James Owen Thompson

Reginald James Owen Thompson

Submitted by Josephine Parker. My Uncle – Reginald James Owen Thompson (son of Owen Thompson who is featured elsewhere on the Ribbon of Remembrance) lied…

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Owen Thompson

Owen Thompson

Submitted by Josephine Parker. My Grandfather, Owen Thompson served in The Northamptonshire Regiment, he trained new recruits during the First World War. During the war…

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Joseph Snowden Atkinson

Joseph Snowden Atkinson

Submitted by Mavis Marwood a resident of Richmond for the last 10 years. Private Joseph Snowden Atkinson (204103) was my grandfather. He was born in…

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John Albert Lancaster

John Albert Lancaster

Submitted by Glennis Robson. John Albert Lancaster was my uncle, he was my mother’s elder brother (13 years older). My mother spoke of much loved…

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Albert Victor Taylor

Albert Victor Taylor

Submitted by David Taylor. Albert Victor Taylor was my great uncle. He was born in Middlesbrough in 1897, the son of Thomas and Margaret Taylor…

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John Lionel Calvert Booth

John Lionel Calvert Booth

John Lionel Calvert Booth – research by John Broom Born in Catterick Village in 1876, he worked as a farmer and then became a 2nd…

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Arthur Godman

Arthur Godman

Arthur was born at Smeaton Hall , Great Smeaton, Northallerton, Yorkshire on the 9th September 1877. He was the son of Colonel A. F. Godman….

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Private Charles Percy Tempest

Private Charles Percy Tempest

Private Tempest was in the 2nd Battalion of the Yorkshire Regiment and he was killed on the 1st of July 1916 aged only 16 years…

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2nd Lt J S Purvis

2nd Lt J S Purvis

Canon John Purvis OBE (1890-1968) Canon John Purvis was an extremely talented artist and photographer. He is best remembered however for his historical and literary…

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Hugh Morkill

Hugh Morkill

Hugh Bernard (Bobby) Morkill Hugh was born on the 1st October 1896 at Ansthorpe Lodge, Whitkirk, Leeds. His father, John William Morkill, had married Hannah…

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John Magee

John Magee

Christine Howie (née Magee) visited the museum to tell us about the sad story of her Grandfather, John Magee who was born in Birkdale in…

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Harry Patch

Harry Patch

When canvassing the local businesses for information about characters from the time of the First World War for our Ribbon of Remembrance, a major surprise…

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2nd Lt Geoffrey Roper MC

2nd Lt Geoffrey Roper MC

Submitted by Zoe Johnson at the Richmondshire Museum. Geoffrey Stapleton Rowe Roper 2nd Lieutenant Alexandra Princess of Wales Own, Yorkshire Regiment. His Canadian service records…

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Rear-Admiral Sir Christopher “Kit” George Francis Maurice Cradock KCVO CB SGM

Rear-Admiral Sir Christopher “Kit” George Francis Maurice Cradock KCVO CB SGM

Cradock was born at Hartforth, Richmond, North Yorkshire. After attending Richmond School, he entered the Royal Navy in 1875 he was promoted to rear-admiral in…

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Lt Herbert Webb

Lt Herbert Webb

Herbert Webb was born in Richmond on 5th April 1882. He followed his father, James into the Green Howards. Joining as a boy in 1900,…

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Thomas Holman

Thomas Holman

Thomas Holman, great-grandfather of Carl Watts, the Green Howard Museum’s Learning Officer, worked as a boiler maker at the Wellington Foundry in Lincoln. At the…

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Harold Carey Matthews

Harold Carey Matthews

Major Harold Carey Matthews was born in 1879, son of F W W Matthews, he went on to join the 4th Battalion Green Howards where…

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Harold Surtees

Harold Surtees

Jonathan Helm submitted this information about his Great Grandfather, Harold Surtees. Lance Corporal Surtees (2048/200407), was born in West Hartlepool and lived in Great Ayton….

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Henry Parker

Henry Parker

Henry Parker In October 2015 the Green Howards Museum was contacted by the Ministry of Defence’s Joint Casualty and Compassionate Centre (JCCC). Human remains had…

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Thomas Ginger

Thomas Ginger

Lieutenant Thomas Ginger. Signals Officer. 4th Battalion. Thomas Ginger was awarded the Military Cross as a result of his bravery during the German ‘Spring Offensive’…

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Lt Col Edward Pickard OBE

Lt Col Edward Pickard OBE

When Edward Pickard died in 1928 at the age of 56 he had given 36 years of his life to the Green Howards. Most of…

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Mary Devas Marshall MM

Mary Devas Marshall MM

Mary Wilkinson (née Marshall and usually known as Molly) died in Winchester in 1983 at the age of 90. Mary had originally enlisted in the…

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Brig-Gen T W Stansfeld

Brig-Gen T W Stansfeld

The Stansfeld family have many connections with the regiment. Both Thomas and his brother older brother ‘Jock’ served with the regiment in 1880s and 1890s….

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Pte J F Firby

Private Firby was born in 1883 and came from Richmond, living at 49 Newbiggin. He enlisted on 12th December 1914 at the age of 31….

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Pte W L Robinson

Pte W L Robinson

William Lincoln Robinson was born in 1897, the son of a farmer. By the time of the 1911 census his mother had died and he…

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Samuel Staite

Samuel Staite

    This is 65038 Private Samuel Revel Staite, born in 1878, a native of Leeds and self-employed house painter. He joined the army in…

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Bill Moore

Bill Moore

At over six feet tall and 22 stone, Bill Moore must have been an impressive sight! While originally from Wells, he made his way to…

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Herbert Read DSO, MC

Herbert Read DSO, MC

Herbert Read served in the 2nd, 7th and 10th battalions of the Yorkshire Regiment from 1915 to 1918. During his time in service he was…

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Florence Hilda Lily Biggs

Florence Hilda Lily Biggs

Florence Hilda Lily Biggs Florence was born 19/10/1899 in Boxted, Essex, United Kingdom to Ellen B and Henry Ernest Biggs. She enrolled as a VAD…

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Gertrude Berry

Gertrude Berry Date of birth- 1891 Gertrude spent the war as a nurse in the Other Empire Force, Voluntary Aid Detachment, QAIMNS. She was sent…

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Thomas William Richmond

Thomas William Richmond

Submitted by Anthony Sidlow. Corporal Thomas Richmond (19039) served with 6th Battalion, the Yorkshire Regiment. He was born in Hunslet, Leeds in 1888, and was…

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Fred Ward

Fred Ward

Submitted by Jon Bemrose. Private Fred Ward (50236) born 1898 in East Yorkshire. Working as a lad porter on the railway at Ampleforth before joining…

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James Scott Bainbridge

James Scott Bainbridge

Submitted by Pat Burgess. James Scott Bainbridge was born on 10 October 1887, the youngest of three sons, to William and Isabella, the family lived…

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Austin Graham

Austin Graham

Submitted by Pat Burgess. The Graham family were local to Barnard Castle, they lived on The Bank, where father John had a chemist and grocery…

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Joseph Taylor

Joseph Taylor

Submitted by Angela Atkinson. L/Sgt Joseph (Joe) Taylor – shown in the picture on the wall – served in 4th Battalion Yorkshire Regiment. Joe was…

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Metcalfe Close

Metcalfe Close

Submitted by Pat Burgess. Ralph Metcalfe and Elizabeth Close were possibly unmarried when their eldest son was born towards the end of 1893 at Gunnerside…

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Wilfred Carver

Wilfred Carver

Submitted by Angie Atkinson Wilfred Carver Royal Marines Light Infantry (16955) was born in 1895. He died on 26/11/1914 while on HMS Bulwark. Remembered on…

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Willimina ‘Minnie’ Melville

Willimina ‘Minnie’ Melville

Willimina ‘Minnie’ Melville 28/04/1886–11/02/1967 Minnie was born in Johnshaven, Scotland and volunteered for the British Red Cross in November 1916. She was initially stationed at…

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Batchie Griffiths

Batchie Griffiths

Elizabeth Jane Griffiths known as Batchie Born in Llandingat, Carmarthenshire, in 1899. Batchie was enrolled with the Red Cross at the age of 18 and…

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Maud Florence Hoare

Maud Florence Hoare

Maud Florence Hoare Maud was living in Ashford in Middlesex when she enrolled as a VAD for the British Red Cross. She joined in January…

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George and Gertrude Laws, and their children

George and Gertrude Laws, and their children

Private 47165 George Laws was by trade a painter and decorator from the small market town of Beccles, Suffolk. He joined the 22nd Battalion, Northumberland…

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Frederick Crisp

Frederick Crisp

Private 85882 Frederick Crisp, also from Beccles, served in 2 regiments initially the 5th Royal Irish Lancers and subsequently the 8th Battalion Kings Liverpool Regiment….

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Albert Clifford

Albert Clifford

My maternal Grandfather from Gloucestershire. I am a resident of Richmond. Gunner with the Royal Garrison Artillery (R.G.A.) in Malta, he received the Silver War…

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