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Original books of remembrance hand written by our founder traced to the NRM in York

23rd April 2018
Looking through our archives we found the original artwork and a list of the railwaymen who were sadly killed in the two conflicts. We contacted the National Railway Museum in York to see if they could shed any light on the books and if they were traceable and what a find!

The museum were delighted that they’d found the creators of the books and we were equally delighted to be able to take Alfred’s son, Jack Hunter, to see the wonderful works of art.

The artwork is still in pristine condition, detailing the intricate signwriting carried out by Alfred. The 2,787 names are beautifully handwritten in calligraphy, each perfectly set. Jack said it would have taken a long time to hand write each one so perfectly. It would have been the job of the junior sign writer to erase any pencil marks underneath the ink.

For Jack & Audrey Hunter it was a truly emotional moment to see the work and to also share the moment with their daughter, and Alfred’s four great grandchildren who are all carrying on the family business at Harrisons Signs. To read more on this story take a look at the news article that was in the York Press¬†and to see the books in all their glory you can view them in the Search Engine Room at the NRM

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