Heroines' Stories

Hundreds of heroine stories were pinned to display boards in Ripon Cathedral during VE70 Commemoration in May 2015. Visitors from all over the UK wrote personal tributes and gave thanks for the lives and heroism of their grandmothers, great-grandmothers, great-aunties, mothers. North Yorkshire schoolchildren also researched the stories of historical figures and wrote to them. A selection appears below.

If you have any photos relating to any of the people and places in the stories below, please upload them to the Gallery. You can also add your own story. It is particularly important to mention locations, as well as names, because this can open the door to valuable untold stories.

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Susan Slade

A former pupil at Queen Ethelburga‚Äôs school now has a room named after her due to her decision to crash her plane, rather than swerve into the village near her airbase in Little Rissington in Gloucester. The school has named a room after her and often her wartime exploits have really impressed history students of […]