Remembering Robert Haywood Jones of the 2nd Battalion, on his Grandson David Bowie’s birthday

7th January 20225:03 pmLeave a Comment

Born in Armley, West Yorkshire, Robert Haywood Jones settled in Doncaster with his wife and two children. He was killed in action during the final phases of the Battle of the Somme in 1916 and never got to meet his famous grandson – David Bowie. In November 1916, Private Robert Haywood Jones of the 2nd […]

Military Monday: What Is Minden Day?

27th July 20206:00 am24th July 2020 3:34 pmLeave a Comment

In celebration of Yorkshire Day – also known as Minden Day – on 1 August, we’ve created this video exploring its history in the King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry. On 1 August 1759, British and Hanoverian forces defeated the French cavalry at the Battle of Minden. The battle was one of the greatest allied victories […]

Military Monday Episode 6 – In Memory of Willie Frost

13th July 20206:00 am15th July 2020 1:49 pmLeave a Comment

Behind the trenches of Ypres, Belgium, was a transfer station for soldiers. They would stay here on their way to and from the battlefields of Belgium. In 1915 senior chaplain Neville Talbot asked Army chaplain Reverend Philip Byard (Tubby) Clayton to set up a rest house for soldiers passing through this area. Tubby set up […]

Military Monday Episode 5 – Charles Ward: Queen Victoria’s Last VC

29th June 20208:52 am7th July 2020 8:53 amLeave a Comment

Charles Ward was born in Hunslet, Leeds, in July 1876, although some records state his year of birth as 1877. Charles’ parents Annie and George were unmarried, so Charles used his mother’s surname of Ward, with his father’s surname Burley as a middle name. There seems to have been some confusion around his date of […]

Military Monday Episode 4 – Private O’Reilly and the Grenade

1st June 202010:32 am1st June 2020 10:34 amLeave a Comment

In June 1948, three European managers of rubber plantations were murdered in the state of Perak, in Malaya (Malaysia). A state of emergency was declared, known as The Malayan Emergency. British and Commonwealth forces fought against the Malayan National Liberation Army (MNLA), the military part of the Malayan Communist Party. The MNLA called this conflict ‘The […]

Military Monday Episode 2 – Remembering the 5th Battalion

30th April 20201:28 pm22nd May 2020 4:21 pmLeave a Comment

By Lynsey Slater, Museums Officer for Military History Saturday, May 21st, 1927 will ever be memorable in the Annals of the Fifth Battalion King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry, for it was on that day that with Soldierly dignity we unveiled the Memorial to the 1,272 Officers and Other Ranks of the battalion who made the […]

Military Monday Episode 1 – April and May 1940

17th April 20209:44 am22nd May 2020 4:21 pmLeave a Comment

While the coronavirus shutdown measures are in place, our Museums Officer for Military History will be sharing stories from the collection in Military Monday. By Lynsey Slater, Museums Officer for Military History In the first few months of the Second World War, an often forgotten campaign was fought in Norway. Swedish iron ore was transported […]

Minden Day

1st August 201912:02 pm22nd May 2020 4:22 pmLeave a Comment

By Lynsey Slater, Museums Officer for Military History Minden Day has been celebrated on 1st August since 1760, to commemorate the Battle of Minden in 1759. The Battle of Minden was part of the Seven Years War. French forces were trying to conquer the small German state of Hanover. Soldiers of the 51st Light Infantry (later The King’s Own Yorkshire Light […]