2018 marks the centenary anniversary of the end of the First World War, and The Green Howards Museum is running an ambitious project which will, quite literally, link Catterick Garrison and Richmond with a Ribbon of Remembrance.
The museum team are asking local people to submit images of, and information about, those involved in and affected by the events of 1914 to 1918.
This ever-growing catalogue of portraits and biographies is already available to view on the museum’s website. It gets longer as stories and images are added, but the museum team needs lots more contributions to be able to create an actual ribbon route in November.
“In addition to images of those who served, we want to include pictures of civilians; shopkeepers, traders, farmers, teachers, those working at home, those who lived on, those who grieved, and those who dealt with the aftermath of war,” said Ribbon co-ordinator, Carl Watts.
“It’s also perhaps an opportunity to look at the past history of local buildings, maybe even your own home, and remind ourselves of the part they played in the war, maybe as hospitals or billets.”
Taking Richmond as an example, the regimental depot was based in what’s now The Garden Village residential area.
Richmond Castle housed prisoners who, for religious or political reasons, refused to take up arms or work for the war effort.
Thousands of troops passed through Richmond Station, and it was just over a century ago that Catterick Camp was created, on a site first suggested by Robert Baden-Powell in 1908.
It housed up to 42,000 men and, by the end of the First World War, 5,000 POWs.
The first road from Catterick Camp to Richmond, now Rimmington Avenue, was created by German prisoners in 1917.
The images and information submitted to the online Ribbon of Remembrance will be used to create a physical display on the route between Richmond and Catterick Garrison, along which people can walk during the weekend of Remembrance Day in November.
The Ribbon of Remembrance project has been made possible with support from The Armed Forces Covenant Community Fund.
The museum is a member of the Imperial War Museum’s Centenary Partnership and is hosting events throughout the year to mark the centenary anniversary of the end of the First World War.
Visit greenhowards.org.uk for more details.
Find out more at the drop-in research session at Richmond Town Hall on Saturday, June 2 between 10am and 12 noon, then at the museum between 1pm and 4pm.