In honour of the centenary of the ending of hostilities in WW1 we have given our medal cabinet an overhaul.
The cabinet tells the story of local heroes.
Robert Miller was a scout during the bombardment of Whitby. He was injured and lost a leg during the attack. The leader of the scout movement, Lord Baden Powell sent him a telegram congratulating him on his bravery and also sent a silver cigarette case as a gift.
Mrs Davidson of Saltpan Well Steps received a letter from the Keeper of the Privy Purse in March 1915 on behalf of the king commending her on the fact that her 6 sons had all signed up to the army or navy. They all survived!
Father and son medals are on display for the Green family. Mr Green senior fought in WW1 and his son in WW2.
As well as medals there are artefacts from WW1 including a brass tin sent to all the troops by Princess Mary as a gift at Christmas 1914.
The cabinet doesn’t only feature WW1; medals range from the Battle of Trafalgar right up to the 1950s. A fitting and poignant reminder of the bravery of local people throughout the years.