Hunt for Unknown Soldiers of Nidderdale

Local people in the Harrogate District being asked to search old family photo albums in the hope of identifying three Nidderdale unknown soldiers from the Great War. The unknown soldiers…

Local people in the Harrogate District being asked to search old family photo albums in the hope of identifying three Nidderdale unknown soldiers from the Great War.

The unknown soldiers are hoped to be named as part of the commemorative pop-up exhibition at Nidderdale Museum about local men and women in World War One. Dedicated volunteers have already collected and created a database of over 2,500 men and women from across the Dale, and created a magnificent display of information and photographs.

The exhibition is supported by Nidderdale AONB, who managed a three-year Heritage Lottery project –the AONB WW1 Project for Nidderdale -involving archaeologists, heritage professionals, schools and volunteers into the impact of the war, in partnership with the University of York and Leeds Pals.

Jane Simpson of the Nidderdale Volunteer team said: “The local group of researchers are so passionate about the project that they are continuing their research into the Nidderdale people, long after the official completion date of the project in 2016. Their research covers not only those who gave ultimate sacrifice of their lives, but also those who returned. Many of those who returned bore both physical and mental scares for the rest of their lives. They should not be forgotten.”

Sarah Kettlewell, Nidderdale AONB Manager, said: “The AONB thank the museum for allowing us to host our exhibit there from Easter to 12 November 2018. The museum is run entirely by a dedicated team of volunteers, and is a treasure trove of local history, as well as the pop-up displays.”

On November 11, Armistice Day and Remembrance Sunday fall on the same date in 2018, with the date this year also marking the centenary since the signing of the armistice agreement to halt hostilities.

Sue Welch, Chairman of Nidderdale Museum, said: “We’d love to identify the three missing men so they can be acknowledged and honoured. Many families will have stories passed down, and it’s important to capture and remember the young men who fought, as well as the efforts of our women in the area who served as nurses, cooks and in clerical roles during the war. This exhibition is a great way to commemorate our not so distant relatives, and give thanks to those who paid the ultimate sacrifice and those who returned home to help shape the world we live in today.”

The Volunteer Group is keen to receive or take images of any memorabilia, artefacts or photos families that the public may wish to contribute to help bring alive the stories of the men and women who served.  Also, the museum welcomes any memorabilia, artefacts or photos families wish to contribute for safe keeping.


If you know who these men are (pictured) please contact via the WW1 website link or alternatively through the AONB Office Tel: 01423 712925.

The exhibition is open daily between 1.30pm-4.30pm at Nidderdale Museum, Pateley Bridge.



About the Nidderdale Museum

The Nidderdale Museum is housed in a former workhouse in the market town of Pateley Bridge, North Yorkshire, England. Exhibits focus on rural life and include such period room and business displays as a cobbler’s workshop, schoolroom, Victorian parlour, general store, 1930s hairdresser’s shop and a kitchen.

The special pop-up exhibition about the Nidderdale men who fought in World War 1 in Room 10 of the Museum, and is open until 12th November 2018.

The Museum operates a small admission charge of £2 for adults. Concessions are £1. Accompanied children can visit Nidderdale Museum free of charge.