Ribbon of Remembrance link between Catterick and Richmond nearly finished

Two members of the First Aid Nursing Yeomanry are photographed beside a train carrying troops during the First World War.

An ambitious project to literally link Catterick Garrison to Richmond with a Ribbon of Remembrance is nearing completion.

Over the past few months The Green Howards Museum team have been asking local people to submit profiles of those who lived through the events of 1914 to 1918.

This ever-growing catalogue of almost 150 portraits and biographies is already available to view on the museum’s website – greenhowards.org.uk

Now, these personal profiles are being transformed into a physical display along the three mile route between Richmond and Catterick Garrison, which itself was created by Prisoners of War in 1917.

People are being encouraged to walk the ribbon route during the weekend of November 10 and 11 as part of their Remembrance commemorations.

“We’ve had an amazing response to the concept of creating a line of memories, in this the centenary anniversary year of the end of the First World War,” said project co-ordinator Carl Watts.

“The range of submissions has really helped highlight the different aspects of what people want to remember – be it military service, civilian achievement and how post-war lives were completely changed and shaped by the conflict.

“Walking along the ribbon route will offer an intriguing snapshot into the lives of those involved, and how people with a local link want to keep their memory alive.”

  • The Ribbon of Remembrance project has been made possible with support from The Armed Forces Covenant Community Fund.

RIBBON OF REMEMBRANCE EVENTS

Walk the ribbon route: from Catterick Garrison with the museum team.  The walks start at the entrance to Help for Heroes Phoenix House.  The Sunday morning walk will arrive in Richmond for the traditional commemoration in Friary Gardens.

Saturday 10 November at 10.30am and 1.30pm

Sunday 11 November at 9.15am and 2pm

Remembrance Sunday soup fundraiser:  Sunday 11 November 11am to 3pm.  In partnership with local independent greengrocer, Neeps and Tatties, we will be providing a tasty soup lunch in the museum’s stunning Normanby Room.  Proceeds will benefit the Richmond Branch of the Royal British Legion and the museum’s Medal Room improvement project.  £5 – booking essential.

Ribbon of Remembrance display:  Tuesday 23 October to Friday 30 November.  Free display in the museum entrance area.  This will feature the work of The Embroiderer’s Guild and marking the centenary anniversary of the end of the First World War.

BUSINESSES SUPPORT RIBBON OF REMEMBRANCE

Richmond businesses are supporting the Ribbon of Remembrance by displaying profile boards in their premises throughout the town.

See if you can spot the information about the Belgians who found refuge in Frenchgate, the important role of the printers on the corner of Finkle Street, the Green Howard author and pacifist, and the entertaining great grandfather of one the owner of one of King Street’s much loved businesses.

In addition, information about the role of The Station during the First World War will be available in their sub-station exhibition space between Thursday 8 November and Monday 12 November.

Sidone Van Eepoel (Displayed at Phee Music.  One of 10,500 Belgian refugees to find safety in Yorkshire during the war)

Edoardo Giovanoli  (displayed at Pickford and Bow. A talented confectioner who died of his wounds 12 years after the war)

Herbert Read (displayed at Castle Hill Bookshop.  The famous art critic, often overlooked war poet, pacifist and Green Howard soldier)

Spencer’s (displayed at Lemon.  Wartime Call to Arms recruitment poster printers)

Mary Devas Marshall (Displayed at Day Lewis Pharmacy.  Volunteer nurse whose medals are displayed in the museum.)

John Mattison  Displayed at King Street Kitchen and Gift.  The entertaining great grandfather of the shop’s owner.