Minden Day, 1 August 2018, will go down in the Regimental history as the day the spectacular memorial to all those who served in the Kings Own Yorkshire Light Infantry was unveiled to the Regimental family and the world, at Elmfield Park in Doncaster. Brigadier Roger Preston CBE unveiled the memorial in the presence of KOYLI veterans, families, civic dignitaries from the Regimental Freedom towns and military representatives from the 8 Rifles, the successors of the KOYLI and Light Infantry.
After the unveiling and dedication service a reception was held at Doncaster Racecourse at which old friendships were rekindled and many new ones established. The Campbell family; Graham, Gordon and Alison travelled from Wellingborough to witness the memorial unveiling and at the reception handed over a cheque for several thousands of pounds they raised in memory of their late father Cpl Neil Lowe KOYLI. Neil was proud to be a KOYLI and instilled in his children to live up to the KOYLI motto Cede Nullis. Graham, Gordon and Alison are very proud of their late father and are proud to have been so warmly welcomed by members of the Regiment their father called his family
The memorial funded by donations from the KOYLI Trustees, past KOYLI members and families of those who served in the KOYLI and sadly are no longer with us, the Norwegian government, local and parish councils from our recruiting areas and civilian organisations. We are most grateful to everyone who made a donation beit large or small, your generosity has taken us from fundraising to unveiling in two and a half years.
The unveiling was covered by both BBC and ITV local news and by Doncaster Free Press. Links to their coverage are: