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Appeal to track down relatives of Doncaster war dead

Major Alan Howarth, Secertary of Yorkshire Rifles, looks at a display at the Kings Own Light Infantry section of Doncaster Museum.  Picture: Andrew Roe

Major Alan Howarth, Secertary of Yorkshire Rifles, looks at a display at the Kings Own Light Infantry section of Doncaster Museum. Picture: Andrew Roe

An appeal has been launched to find descendants of any Doncaster men who fought in the first major battle of the First World War as part of plans to mark the centenary of the conflict.

The Regimental Association of the Kings Own Yorkshire Light Infantry (KOYLI) is searching for relatives of soldiers in their second battalion who served at the battle of Le Cateau in August 1914.

The organisation hopes to invite relatives to a reception at the Royal Armouries Museum in Leeds on August 26, the centenary of the battle.

Steven Tagg, visitor assistant at Doncaster’s KYOLI, said: “There was 850 men who served in the battalion, some of which would have been from Doncaster and the surrounding area.”

The regiment has a major Doncaster presence, including Sgt Laurence Calvert, of Conisbrough, who was awarded the Victoria Cross.

Contact Mt Tagg at steven.tagg@doncaster.co.uk.

 

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