Research completed by an MA student has been presented to the museum, adding to our understanding of the experiences of soldiers from the regiment’s 6th Battalion during the First World War.
Simon Smith completed his Masters degree in ‘Britain and the First World War’ at University of Wolverhampton. His dissertation, ‘A fine, well set-up, hardy lot’ focused on the 6th (Service) Battalion of The Green Howards and, with the aid of research material provided by the museum and other archival sources, examined their progress from civilian recruits to Gallipoli veterans.
“We were only too happy to help Simon with archival information from our own records,” says Collections Manager, Zoe Utley, pictured left with Simon, centre and Museum Researcher, Steve Erskine right. “His passion for his subject is something we recognised as soon as he contacted us during the course of his project. It’s very generous of Simon to share that research and his dissertation with us so we can continue to build on our knowledge of the soldiers who served.”
Simon was a recipient of the inaugural Masters Research grant scheme from the Western Front Association, which helped fund his research into the Green Howards at Gallipoli.
Simon will speak about the subject of his research at a Museum Talk in August. More details and booking information available here.