Saturday, 29 April 2017

WWI at Richmond Castle

Richmond Castle is hosting a World War I event this weekend, with displays of uniforms and equipment used by British soldiers, as well as medical tents.

The group of en-enactors said their aim was to educate people about the conditions during the first world war.

One of the re-enactors, Daniel Webster, said he became interested in joining the group after writing a dissertation on the diary of a British Lewis gunner, Richard Ormerod, who was killed on the first day of the battle of the Somme. The last entry in the diary simply stated that he was heading into danger. Daniel Webster (and some of the other re-enactors) enjoyed a quick complimentary tour around the Green Howards Museum, dressed in their uniforms.

In the medical tents assisting visitors were Maj. Linda and Maj. Allan, both actual members of the medical corps – the couple met while on a tour in Iraq. Despite being the same rank, Maj. Linda said she was the ranking officer, as a result of being the woman!

The displays continue on Sunday and Monday. See the website for details.