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Richmond Grammar School
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Richmond Grammar School was built on what is now the churchyard of St Mary's Church, which stands opposite to and further up the hill to the former Richmond Lower School Building. In 1677 a new building replaced the Elizabethan one and this was used until 1850 when the school moved into a smaller building which still stands and until 2011 was used for teaching year 7 pupils.

The name of the school from its foundation was Richmond School as it was the only school in the town for a long period of time. In later years it was referred to locally as "The Grammar School" although this was not its official name. Following the merger of the school with the Secondary Modern and the Girls' High School into a single comprehensive school the decision was made to retain the name 'Richmond School' for the new establishment. (source Wikipedia).

The present day Richmond School and Sixth Form College embodies the original Grammar School, and contains the First World War Memorial which commemorates 28 Old Boys who lost their lives in the First World War, Possibly the most notable of these 28 men was Rear Admiral Sir Christopher Cradock who lost his life when his flagship was sunk in the Battle of Coronel in 1914.

Amongst the names commemorated are 10 Officers and men who served with the Yorkshire Regiment.

We are very grateful to Sophia Mawer (History teacher, Richmond School) for photographs of the memorial plaques.

The Richmond Grammar School War Memorial on which the names of the Yorkshire Regiment soldiers are commemorated
The Richmond Grammar School War Memorial on which the names of the Yorkshire Regiment soldiers are commemorated
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Photo : Sophia Mawer (History teacher, Richmond School)


Captain John Earnscleugh Brydon. Royal Army Medical Corps, attached to 4th Battalion Yorkshire Regiment. Son of Mrs. Helen C. Brydon, of 5, Cobden Crescent, Edinburgh. Killed on 27 June 1917. Aged 33.
Buried ST. MARTIN CALVAIRE BRITISH CEMETERY, ST. MARTIN-SUR-COJEUL.

Captain Randal William Shuckburgh Croft. 7th Battalion Yorkshire Regiment. Killed 12 May 1917.
Commemorated Bay 5, ARRAS MEMORIAL.

2nd Lieutenant Keith Gifford-Wood. 6th Battalion Yorkshire Regiment. Killed 22 August 1915.
Commemorated on Panels 55 to 58, HELLES MEMORIAL.

Lieutenant George Hanley Hutchinson. 4th Battalion the Yorkshire Regiment. Son of Teasdale Hilton Hutchinson and Gertrude Hutchinson. Born Catterick, Yorks. Killed 2 March 1916. Aged 28.
Buried POPERINGHE NEW MILITARY CEMETERY.

2nd Lieutenant Edward Earle Jones. 4th Battalion the Yorkshire Regiment. Son of Edward and Anna Jones, of The Manor House, Scorton, Yorks. Wounded 2nd Battle of Ypres, 1915. Died 1 August 1916. Aged 25.
Buried BAILLEUL COMMUNAL CEMETERY EXTENSION (NORD).

Captain Robert Henry Murray.
11th Battalion Yorkshire Regiment. Killed 7 July 1916. Aged 22.
Buried PHILOSOPHE BRITISH CEMETERY.
(Richard Roberts (<richard.nsw@googlemail.com>) has researched some of Captain Murray's background and states that he was the son of Robert & Sarah Annie Murray. Born 1894 in Richmond, Yorkshire and resided there.
Interactive Ancestry gives Captain Murray's address as "West Cottage", Richmond, and states that at the time of his death he was attached to the Munster Fusiliers.
Captain Murray's service with the Munster Fusliers is also quoted in Soldiers Died in the Great War.)
Robert Henry Murray had been a student at Selwyn College, Cambridge University, entering the college in 1913.

Lance Corporal John William Ringrose, MM. 238222. 2nd Battalion West Yorkshire Regiment (Prince of Wales's Own), formerly 2366 the Yorkshire Regiment. Killed 27 May 1918.
Born Richmond (Yorks), Enlisted Richmond.
Commemorated on the SOISSONS MEMORIAL.

Lieutenant Geoffrey Stapleton Rowe Roper, M C. 3rd Bn. attd. 7th Battalion Yorkshire Regiment. Son of George and Elizabeth Roper, of Richmond, Yorks. Killed on 12 May 1917. Aged 27.
Buried CABARET-ROUGE BRITISH CEMETERY, SOUCHEZ.

2nd Lieutenant Bernard Jocelyn Wilkinson. 3rd Battalion, attached to 2nd Battalion Yorkshire Regiment. Killed 8 July 1916.
Commemorated on Pier and Face 3A & 3D, THIEPVAL MEMORIAL.

Lance Corporal Alfred Thomas Woodhams. 15629. 6th Battalion Yorkshire Regiment. Son of William and Eliza Woodhams, of 12, Skeeby Terrace, Richmond, Yorks. Killed 22 August 1915. Aged 20.
Born Kilkenny, Enlisted Richmond (Yorks).
Commemorated on Panels 55 to 58, HELLES MEMORIAL.


The Richmond Grammar School War Memorial (2)
The Richmond Grammar School War Memorial (2)
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Photo : Sophia Mawer (History teacher, Richmond School)

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