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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Aunty Alice and Uncle John

To Aunty Alice and Uncle John You worked in the coalfields of South Wales and took in my mum (Alice‚Äôs sister) and her family of four children as evacuees from London, as well as caring for your own family, when the doodlebugs and V2 bombs were attacking London. Everyone squeezed up and made room for […]