Students share the stories of Victoria Cross recipients on Remembrance Day

Pupils with their Victoria Cross holder. Photo: Guy Carpenter.

Students from schools across the region have shared the stories of Victoria Cross (VC) recipients.

The Green Howards Museum, in Richmond, North Yorkshire, has been working with six schools to help students discover the stories of soldiers recognised for the highest level of bravery.

Schools were matched up with a Victoria Cross holder, pupils have visited the museum and received a session at school all about their chosen VC recipient.

Each school has carried out research, gathered information about their soldier and created a banner summarising their findings.

The schools involved are:

Hollis Academy, Middlesbrough – Stanley Hollis VC
Richmond School – Tom Dresser VC
Bedale High School – William Short VC
Boroughbridge High School – Archie White VC
Saint Francis Xavier, Richmond – William Anderson VC
Risedale College, Catterick – Henry Tandey VC

18 Victoria Crosses were awarded to soldiers serving with The Green Howards.

The museum has 14 of them on display in its Medal Room, which re-opened earlier this year following a  four-month redevelopment, supported by a National Lottery Heritage Grant.

The schools worked independently on their banner, but gathered together at The Green Howards Museum on Monday to unveil them, share their Victoria Cross holder’s story and observe two minutes’ silence, before taking the banners away to display in their school.

Museum learning officer Carl Watts talks to the pupils about the VC winners. Photo: Guy Carpenter.

Museum staff and volunteers have also researched the stories of some of the many individuals whose medals are on display in the new Medal Room.

These form a new, ever expanding section of the museum’s website, where visitors can learn more about the people who served and earned their medals throughout the regiment’s 318 year history.


  1. My great Uncle William Short VC has his medals on display in the museum at Richmond. I hope he was remembered. Would love to have been there%

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