Appeal to track down relatives of war dead

An appeal has been launched to find descendants of any South Yorkshire 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.

It wants to invite relatives to a commemorative reception and sounding of the retreat by the Band and Bugles of the Rifles at the Royal Armouries in Leeds on August 26.

Steven Tagg, visitor assistant at Doncaster’s KYOLI, said: “There were 850 men who served in the battalion, some of whom would have been from South Yorkshire.

“It would be so nice to have their descendants there on the night.”

Those who served in the regiment include Conisbrough VC winner Sgt Laurence Calvert.

n Contact or write to Steven Tagg, KOYLI Museum, Chequer Road, Doncaster, DN1 2AE.