More precious family treasures have been added to our Hostile Environment exhibition, thanks to the generosity of the relatives of First World War Harry Griffiths.
Having originally got in touch with the museum trying to find out more about Harry’s service with the Yorkshire Regiment (as the Green Howards were called at the time), which included his deployment to Russia, two family members have now lent objects to help us tell his story.
Harry came from a large family who lived in Castleford. The circumstances of his death whilst serving with the regiment were the stuff of family legend, but our research service helped to clarify the details, and led us into a conversation, firstly with his great niece, and then with the daughter of one of Harry’s sisters, who have lent medals, cap badge, a photograph and his memorial plaque, or death penny, for us to put on display.
Thanks to families like Harry’s coming forward as a result of the original 2019 exhibition, we have been able to tell the stories of a further five soldiers who served with the regiment during the Russian Civil War.