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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Tunster Family

Thank you to the Tunster Family (German) From Elizabeth (Age 70) German/English/Jewish ancestry. You arrived at Southampton in the latter half of the 19th Century from Germany. You fought for Britain in BOTH world Wars yet you suffered prejudice. Now is the time for forgiveness. Thank you to Alfred Tunster and family.