First World War centenary

2014 marked the one hundredth anniversary of the start of the First World War. 

Between 1914 and 1918 more than 65,000 Yorkshiremen joined their local infantry regiment, serving in the Regular, Territorial and Kitchener’s new army battalions of the Yorkshire Regiment, later renamed The Green Howards.

By the end of the war 12 Victoria Crosses had been awarded;  9,000 men had been killed and 24,000 wounded.

Following the war, soldiers and their families donated hundreds of precious objects to the regiment, which were put on display when the museum was created in 1922.

It seemed fitting that in the centenary year, the museum has been redeveloped to ensure that the history of the regiment and those associated with it, both in peacetime and during war, is as relevant and meaningful as ever.


The Imperial War Museum is co-ordinating activity linked to the commemoration of the start of the First World War.  You can also find out what’s happening locally in the Yorkshire section of the specially created 1914 website.


To mark this special anniversary, a new outreach session for junior and senior school pupils has been created.  Students get to touch real objects from our collection as they find out what it was like to be a Green Howard soldier in 1914.  Read more


Boroughbridge High School, Barton Church of England Primary School and Hackforth and Hornby Church of England Primary School created a major project involving song, poetry, art and dramaRead more …


If the hundredth anniversary of the start of the First World War gets you thinking about your family, and the part they may have played in the war, we may be able to help you find out more.  Museum staff and volunteers can research your Green Howard ancestorRead more …


Our first special exhibition in the newly redeveloped museum will centre on the battle of Ypres  (October and November 1914).

This battle was the last to involve open, mobile warfare on the Western Front, before entrenchment and stalemate set in, and by the end of November 1914 the Green Howards had lost a generation of professional, trained soldiers.

The exhibition will explore the role played by the Green Howards during the battle, and also track the experiences of soldiers and their families through diaries, paintings and personal effects.

The exhibition runs until the end of April 2015.

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