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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Edward Barker

Edward Barker

Edward was the Great Uncle of Robert Raw and Margaret Hird, who visited the museum during one of our Ribbon of Remembrance drop-in days. Edward,…

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Walter G Barker

Walter G Barker

Walter Gorner Barker was born in Richmond on 2 August 1889. For a time he lived with his family at 71 Frenchgate. He worked as…

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Private George W Kidson MM

Private George W Kidson MM

Margaret Carrigan visited the museum on a recent drop-in day, to tell the story of her father, 38026 Private George W Kidson of C Company,…

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Alfred W Salmon

Alfred W Salmon

Alfred was born around June 1882 at Thornaby near Stockton, the son of Thomas Salmon, a foreman brewer. Alfred would eventually become an assistant grocer…

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L Cpl Thomas M Coates

L Cpl Thomas M Coates

Thomas was born around 1883 to George and Margaret Coates. George was a farm worker. By 1901 the family was living at Marsett in Raysdaleside…

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Albany D Scott

Albany D Scott

Albany was born on the 18th April 1882 to Robert Scott and Elizabeth Bridgwood in Bradford, Yorkshire and was 32 years old when war broke…

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Harold Binks

Harold Binks

Harold was born in 1894 in Well, a small hamlet to the east of Masham in North Yorkshire. He was the eldest of five children…

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Joseph D Raw MM

Joseph D Raw MM

Joseph was born around 1897 in Aysgarth North Yorkshire. His father James was a cowman on a local farm. The 1911 census shows one other…

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John William Lodge

John William Lodge

John was born on the 8th August 1855, the only son of Robert and Mary Lodge of ‘The Rookery’ Bishopdale near Aysgarth. He was educated…

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Arthur Dobson

Arthur Dobson

Submitted by Paul Elliott. Many people will, no doubt, have the same experience as myself, in that my grandparents and parents never discussed or talked…

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Edwin Scriminger

Edwin Scriminger

Submitted by Paul Elliott. My maternal grandfather, Edwin Scriminger, was born in 1892 and worked as a bricklayer living in the Leeds suburb of Meanwood….

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George Dobson

George Dobson

Submitted by Paul Elliott. George was a Great Uncle, the younger brother of my paternal Grandmother. I had no knowledge of his existence until recently….

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Jack Charlton

Jack Charlton

Sergeant John (Jack) Charlton joined the Army as a Territorial in 1908 when he enlisted in the 4th Battalion, Alexandra, Princess of Wales’ Own Yorkshire…

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John Mitton

John Mitton

John was born in October 1876, the eldest son of Warrin and Ellen Mitton of Hawes. His father Warrin was both a joiner and a…

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Joseph Allen

Joseph Allen

Joseph (third from left) was born around 1884 in Ainserby Steeple near Northallerton in North Yorkshire. He was the eldest of five children to Thomas…

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Norman Elliott

Norman Elliott

Submitted by Paul Elliott. My grandfather, Norton Elliott, was born in Rothwell, near Leeds, in 1890 and worked as a miner. In August 1914, at…

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Reginald Howes

Reginald Howes

Ruth Kendon came into the museum and told us the story of her father, Reginald Howes. Reginald Howes (1889-1977) attended the University of London Officer…

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Samuel Kirk Lambert

Samuel Kirk Lambert

Samuel was born in 1894 at Askrigg. His mother, Frances, was 20 years old and single. However, 5 years later she married Wilfred Kirk, the…

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William Helmsley

William Helmsley

William was born in 1897 in the village of Thoralby, near Aysgarth, in the North Yorkshire Dales. Birth registrations show he was born in the…

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William Rutley

William Rutley

William was the son of William and Mary Rutley of 8 Mabal Street, Middlesbrough. He enlisted in late 1914 and was posted to the 8th…

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Edmund Staveley

Edmund Staveley

Edmund was born around 1885. Little is known of Edmund’s early life. In 1901 the sixteen year old Edmund was living at Park House, the…

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Fred Shaw

Fred Shaw

Fred, the fourth child of five to Ned and Ann Shaw, was born around 1884 at Slaithwaite near Huddersfield. His father Ned was a railway…

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Fred Sheilds

Fred Sheilds

Fred was the youngest son of Joseph Shields, a Castle Bolton plumber and tinsmith. He was born around 1897. The 1911 census shows the family…

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John Pattern

John Pattern

John was born in Leeds on the 31st July 1892. He was the eldest of five children. The family obviously moved round the country a…

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Lt Turnbull

Lt Turnbull

Sumbitted by John Young. My great uncle David Stevens Gibson Turnbull, the elder brother of my grandmother, was born in Edinburgh on 7th September 1890….

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Thomas Outhwaite

Thomas Outhwaite

The Outhwaite family came to live in Stalling Busk in the Raydaleside area near Bainbridge in the 1730s to farm the land. Thomas’s father William…

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Cpl W G Padden

Cpl W G Padden

Anthea Dunne dropped into the museum with a photo of her father (pictured in the centre of the group), and after a little research she…

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William Hird

William Hird

William Hird was nominated for the Ribbon of Remembrance by Dianne Evans, and his story illustrates a problem that can occur with records that are…

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Ewen George Sinclair-Maclagan

Ewen George Sinclair-Maclagan

Ewen George Sinclair-Maclagan was born on the 24th December 1868 in Edinburgh. He was educated at the United Services College, Westward Ho! North Devon and…

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George Butterworth

George Butterworth

At the outbreak of the First World War, George Butterworth was being described as the most promising British composer of his day. George was born…

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J W Horn

J W Horn

John was born in 1896 in Leyburn North Yorkshire. In 1900 the family moved to Burtersett near Hawes where John’s father Jeremiah worked as a…

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John O’Hern

John O’Hern

John O’Hern is buried in Reeth Road cemetery, Richmond. He died of his wounds after the end of the First World War on 1 February…

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K R Henderson

K R Henderson

Kenneth Henderson was born on the 29th May 1895 at Sutton in Surrey, the third and youngest child of Robert and Janie Henderson. His father…

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Marguerite McArthur

Marguerite McArthur

Marguerite was born on the 25th March 1892 in Kensington London. From an early age she had a love of books. She attended Norland Place…

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Nellie Spindler

Nellie Spindler

Nellie Spindler was born in Wakefield in September 1891. Nellie was her actual Christian name, being baptised on the 11th November 1891. In 1911 Nellie…

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Olive Yeates

Olive Yeates

Olive was born on the 29th August 1899 in Harrogate. The 1911 census shows Olive living at home with parents George and Miriam, and baby…

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Captain Robert Murray

Captain Robert Murray

Robert Henry Murray lived with his family lived at West Cottage, Richmond. He was educated at Richmond Grammar School, and attended Selwyn College, Cambridge –…

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Thomas Walton

Thomas Walton

Thomas was born around 1894 in Appleby Westmorland and settled in Hawes before the Great War. He married a local girl and had a family…

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Wilfred Whitfield

Wilfred Whitfield

Wilfred was born in March 1896 in Marske by the Sea near Redcar on the East coast. When he was young his family moved to…

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2nd Lt G H Smith

2nd Lt G H Smith

In October 1915 Geoffrey Howard Smith was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in the 5th Battalion from being a member of the ranks of the…

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2nd Lt. Hadow

2nd Lt. Hadow

Gerald Francis Hadow was born in Scarborough in 1895, the son of Colonel A de S Hadow of the XIX Regiment of Foot (the Green…

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2nd Lt W Buckle

2nd Lt W Buckle

Information submitted by Mark Tovey, William Buckle is Mark’s wife’s great uncle. William Buckle was born in Middlesbrough. In 1914 he was a 21-year-old clerk…

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Albert Norris

Albert Norris

265990 Private Albert Norris served in the Yorkshire Regiment, joining up sometime after January 1915. For his service during the First World War he was…

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Captain Amis

Captain Amis

Submitted by Robert Amis. Captain Henry Amis (Robert’s grandfather) was commissioned into the 5th Battalion of the Yorkshire Regiment as a 2nd Lieutenant on 12…

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Harry Binks

Harry Binks

Story from Harry Binks, via Val Slater of Coverdale. Harry was named after his father, whose story is outlined below. My father, Harry Binks, was…

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Captain John Maughan

Captain John Maughan

John was born on the 4th January 1890 at East Witton in North Yorkshire and was the eldest son of John and Annie Maughan. They…

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Hugh Levin

Hugh Levin

Born in York, 16th of January 1886, the son of Major H L M Levin, 19th Foot (the Green Howards). Commissioned as Second Lieutenant on…

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Elsie Maud Inglis

Elsie Maud Inglis

Elsie was born on the 16th August 1864 at Naini Tal in India. Her father John Forbes David Inglis was a chief commissioner in the…

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Henry Barningham Simpson

Henry Barningham Simpson

Alan Simpson, a resident of Richmond called into the musueum to tell us about his grandfather. After months of collecting stories from the time of…

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Sgt Percy Lelliott DCM

Sgt Percy Lelliott DCM

Submitted by Ron Taylor, “raised in Shute Road Catterick Camp, moved to Scotton and was schooled in Richmond before wandering around with the forces”……who wanted…

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Philip Baker

Philip Baker

Marcia Howard submitted this photo of her father, Philip Baker (right) and her Uncle Leslie – both ready to defend King and Country in 1915….

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Arthur Bateman

Arthur Bateman

Submitted by Rachel Blenkinsop. Arthur Bateman (Rachel’s maternal grandfather) served with the Royal Army Medical Corps. The photograph of him with his peers shows that…

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John Mattison

John Mattison

Alyson Swift contacted us through our website to tell us about her great grandfather, John Mattison. John was from Richmond and was called up on…

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Driver John Marwood

Driver John Marwood

Submitted by Peter Marwood, a long term resident of Richmond. I was brought up on my late father’s farm in Langthorne near Bedale. Driver John…

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Ernest Pilcher

Ernest Pilcher

Peter Seaden-Jones visited us at a drop-in session at Richmond Station. From a photograph of his grandfather, we have managed to piece together the key…

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Robert Baden Powell

Robert Baden Powell

Submitted by Neil Duncan of the 8th Darlington (Cockerton Green) Scout Group. Lieutenant-General Robert Stephenson Smyth Baden-Powell, 1st Baron Baden-Powell, OM, GCMG, GCVO, KCB, DL…

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Dixon Overfield

Dixon Overfield

Si Wheeler submitted the story of his great grandfather. This is my great grandfather Dixon Overfield who was married to Margaret Overfield (nee Dale). They…

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Joseph Hatton

Joseph Hatton

Submitted by Michael Kent. Joseph Hatton was my dad. I only recently learnt about his early life. Dad never spoke about the First World War….

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Sidonie van Eepoel

Sidonie van Eepoel

Sidonie van Eepoel died just a few months before the end of the First World War at the age of 40. Her family story is…

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Flora Sandes

Flora Sandes

Researched by John Mills. Flora Sandes was the only woman to officially fight on the front line during WW1, having joined the Serbian Army. Flora…

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Betty Stevenson

Betty Stevenson

Betty was born on the 3rd September 1896 in Clifton in the Bootham area of York. She came from a well off middle class background…

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Sister Kate Luard

Sister Kate Luard

Sister Katherine (Kate) Evelyn Luard Kate was born in Averley Essex on the 29th June 1872, the daughter of the vicar and the tenth of…

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Leslie Hanson Marriage

Leslie Hanson Marriage

Reasearched by John Mills. Leslie Hanson Marriage was born in Chelmsford in 1892. He was educated at Marlborough College from 1905 to 1910 and in…

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Herbert John Friend

Herbert John Friend

Researched by John Mills Herbert was born on the 16th June 1885 in India. He was baptised on the 8th July 1885 at St John’s…

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Edoardo Giovanoli

Edoardo Giovanoli

Information submitted by John Holdsworth. Edoardo Giovanoli was born in Samedan, Switzerland in April 1889, but by around 1907 he had moved to Filey in…

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Arthur Arnett

Arthur Arnett

Molly Copland visited the Green Howards Museum to tell us about Arthur Edward Arnett. Arthur Arnett was born in Wakefield on 3rd July 1896 and…

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Cecil Christian Jervelund

Cecil Christian Jervelund

Researched by Katy Douthwaite Cecil Christian Jervelund was born in 1891, the son of a Danish Merchant, Albert Neilson Jervelund, becoming a naturalised British citizen…

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Major Charles Organ

Major Charles Organ

Photographic research by Stuart Hodgson. Charles Organ had a long career in the army before arriving at Richmond Depot and acting as Recruiting Officer during…

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Ernest Scriminger

Ernest Scriminger

Submitted by Paul Elliott. My Great Uncle, Ernest Scriminger was born in Leeds in 1886. He was the eldest son in a family of 4…

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Oliver H Ball

Oliver H Ball

Photograph discovered in the archives of the Green Howards Museum by Stuart Hodgson, with information from Nottinghamshire County Council’s website. Second Lieutenant Oliver Ball was…

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Captain Leonard Yorke MC

Captain Leonard Yorke MC

Born in Church Fenton, Yorkshire in 1889, Leonard Yorke’s life was to come to a tragic conclusion ten years after the First World War came…

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Major T E Young

Major T E Young

Submitted by Will Young. 1/6th (Perthshire) Battalion, Black Watch (Royal Highlanders) Thomas Young (TEY), my grandfather, was born in 1874 and commissioned into 4th (Volunteer)…

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2nd Lieutenant Thomas Charles Goode M.B.E.

2nd Lieutenant Thomas Charles Goode M.B.E.

Researched by John Mills. Born 27th of January 1880 Thomas was the son of Sergeant Valentine Goode also of the Yorkshire Regiment and his mother was…

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4/7766 Private Thomas Holmes

4/7766 Private Thomas Holmes

Mary Burn visited the Green Howards Museum to tell us about her father’s cousin, Thomas Holmes. Prior to the outbreak of the First World War,…

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William McNally VC

William McNally VC

William was born on the 16th December 1894 in the village of Murton in County Durham. At 14 he would follow his father down the…

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William Tuck

William Tuck

Submitted by Marcia Howard. William Tuck was brother to my maternal grandmother Emma Clifford (nee Tuck) in Gloucestershire, my mother’s Uncle Willie, and therefore my…

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Arnold Lupton Shaw

Arnold Lupton Shaw

Researched by John Mills. Arnold was born on the 19th January 1896 in Harrogate Yorkshire. His Army career started with the 5th Lancers with which…

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2nd Lieutenant Philip Mayne

Philip Mayne was the last surviving British officer from World War One to die. He died at the age of 107 years and 139 days…

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Herbert Lawson Riley

Herbert Lawson Riley

Midshipman Herbert Lawson Riley Ann Luxmoore 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

Researched by Will Young. Born on 20th July 1897 at Port Elgin, Ontario, Canada, Evan Kerruish was destined to be burried in distant Catterick at…

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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

Researched by Paul Gayton. Private Tempest was in the 2nd Battalion of the Yorkshire Regiment and he was killed on the 1st of July 1916…

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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 Austhorpe 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 was born on the 19th of October 1899 in Boxted, Essex, United Kingdom to Ellen Biggs and Henry Ernest Biggs. She enrolled as a VAD…

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Gertrude Berry

Gertrude was born in 1891, She spent the war as a nurse in the Other Empire Force, Voluntary Aid Detachment, QAIMNS. She was sent straight…

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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 the 26th of November 1914 while 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

Submitted by Mike Crisp. Private 47165 George Laws was by trade a painter and decorator from the small market town of Beccles, Suffolk. He joined…

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Frederick Crisp

Frederick Crisp

Submitted by Mike Crisp. Private 85882 Frederick Crisp, from Beccles, served in 2 regiments initially the 5th Royal Irish Lancers and subsequently the 8th Battalion…

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Albert Clifford

Albert Clifford

Submitted by Marcia Howard. Albert Clifford was my maternal Grandfather from Gloucestershire. I am a resident of Richmond. Gunner with the Royal Garrison Artillery (R.G.A.)…

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