After the First World War, families donated items to the regiment in memory of their Green Howard soldiers; and many of those objects form the core of our collection. Our collection continues to grow, and we receive donations on average once a month. Donations cover a wide time period from the 17th century to the present day. This can range from archive material and photographs which chronicle a whole career, to a single medal or diary.
For more information on the type of objects we collect please see our Collections Policy (PDF file).
We are currently particularly looking for objects and archive material from the 1960s up until 2006. If you are thinking of donating an object to the museum please contact us.
Here is our latest acquisition:
This letter, dated 27 November 1914, was found inside a book passed to the donor by a descendant of the recipient’s family.
In it, a wounded Sergeant, recovering from the loss of two fingers from his left hand and a shrapnel wound to the hip, writes to a Mrs Martin, whose son has died. He speaks of the heavy losses suffered on both sides in the action he describes…
“I had 80 men, all our Officers had fallen. I had hardly gone 50 yards before I lost 60 of them. The Enemy opened a most murderous fire upon us from a flank. Their artillery shelled us just like hailstones, machine gun fire also. But still the boys were out to complete their task, what was left of them. Our Regiment drove them from their position, but with great loss. The Germans had lost a terrible lot, we were walking over their dead for 500 yards.”
He goes on to say, “I hope the war will soon be over. Many a poor mother’s heart is broken and many a woman lost her husband.”
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