Top brass to reopen military museum

A SERIES of special events will be held next month to mark the re-opening of the King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry regimental museum in Doncaster.

The KOYLI Museum in Chequer Road will be officially reopened, following a £230,000 refurbishment, by Doncaster Mayor Peter Davies and Brigadier Roger Preston, chair of the KOYLI Trustees on Saturday morning.

Visitors can follow the regiment from its origin to its amalgamation with The Rifles and find out why people joined the regiment.

They can see what life was like for the families of the soldiers and see the horrors that the First World War Tommy had to endure in the trenches.

New features include interactive displays and audio listening posts, where visitors can listen to diary extracts from KOYLI officers and soldiers.

Mr Davies said: “I am proud that Doncaster is home to a museum which honours such a significant chapter in Yorkshire’s military history.

“I am fiercely supportive of the modern day servicemen and women from the borough who make such a remarkable contribution to this country.

“I feel it is important that we also reflect upon those who served our region so bravely in the past.”