Medals won by the Green Howards
When you enter the medal room in the Green Howards Regimental Museum at Richmond, you are met by an array of over 3,000 glittering medals.
Every medal displayed in the museum is either a personal legacy from the soldiers themselves, or by their families. The regiment regards them as being personal permanent memorials.
To the left of the entrance is a large glass cabinet displaying Victoria Crosses won by Green Howards since the Crimean War - 18 bronze Crosses, emblazoned with a lion standing guard over the royal crown and a scroll underneath bearing the words 'For Valour', hung by a simple crimson ribbon.
Alongside this cabinet is another containing the miniatures of three men who were awarded the silver George Cross suspended from a blue ribbon. Above each medal is a photograph of the recipient and the citation for the act of courage for which the medal was awarded.
Most visitors halt before this display and many are moved with emotion as they read the citations. All describe outstanding deeds of gallantry.
Eighteen Victoria Crosses have been awarded to members of the regiment over the past 150 years. Three members of the regiment have been awarded the George Cross, which ranks immediately after the Victoria Cross.
Click here to find out more details about the men who won the Victoria Cross or the George Cross, their citations, and further details on the actions in which these medals were won.