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.

Susan Slade

A former pupil at Queen Ethelburga’s 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 […]


Dear Nanna From Hugh Todd You were won of the seven million women who served Britain and the Allies in WWll. You also helped our country, mending broken cities and the bodies, hearts and minds of the men. Thanks to you, our families live in peace and freedom today. You must have been really scared […]

Great Great Auntie Nori

Dear Great Great Auntie Nori From Ilona Thank you for joining the Land Girls and helping to feed Britain. The many jobs that you did such as milking cows, gathering crops, catching rats, helped us stayed strong. You helped to keep our spirits up. Thanks to your passion you have encouraged others to do the […]

Sylvia Cundal

Dear Sylvia Cundal From Ellie, great granddaughter You were one of the many schoolchildren frightened by the idea of war; it must have been so terrifying and sad losing friends, family and others you loved. I don’t know how you managed. It must have been really tough. Immense bravery was shown when your home town […]

Women’s Institute

Dear Women’s Institute From Emily Your efforts in the war massively helped women at home feel more comfortable. It was your job to look after all the evacuees and make sure everyone got food. Thank you for doing the small but important jobs of war. I’m sure everyone you helped appreciated it. One of your […]

George and Sylvia

Thank You To my father, George, who fought aged only 18 year old in the Liverpool Kings; To my mother, Sylvia who worked at the munitions factory in the Old Swan in Liverpool; To my father-in-law who ferried soldiers and food in the Merchant Navny; To my mother-in-law who lost all her family on 3 […]

All the Nurses that helped in WWll

Dear All the Nurses that helped in WWll From Georgia I am writing to thank you for everything you did. All the people would have been so grateful because they were suffering and you were there to help them. I understand it wasn’t easy because you didn’t have the right equipment. All the men would […]

Women’s Land Army Ladies

Dear Women’s Land Army Ladies From Hentry Thank you for your hard work and determination to ensure our country’s survival. You also spent 50 hours a week doing jobs you didn’t even like such as mucking out pigs and picking up poo. Thank you for planting new crops and feeding the animals so families could […]

Great Great Grandma

Dear Great Great Grandma From Rosie Thanks to you and your faming skills we had fresh food throughout the war and people at home didn’t surrender to the German army. If you didn’t do what you did soldiers abroad and the Home Front would have been too weak to fight and Hitler would have enslaved […]

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’s 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 […]