World War 1 Memorial to the Queens Own Yorkshire Dragoons
Restoration of the Queens Own Yorkshire Dragoons Memorial.
Over the past four weeks an exciting restoration project has been taking place within the Minster. The Minster is a member of the Doncaster and District Heritage Association (DDHA), and late last year the DDHA were awarded a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund to restore the World War 1 (WW1) memorial to the men of the Queen’s Own Yorkshire Dragoons (QOYD) that had been installed in the Church in 1921.
Over the years the memorial had suffered from water damage and general degradation to such an extent that very little of the inscriptions could be seen, and in effect had become virtually invisible.
The cleaning and restoration work has been carried out by Skillingtons Workshops of Grantham, a specialist company in the restoration field. The majority of the work has been carried out by Laura Parker, her patience and skill is very impressive, and the gradual transformation has been amazing.
During the time that the restoration has been taking place, over 70 members of the public have visited the Minster to watch the work progress and members of the Minster community have also taken a keen interest.
Comments from those who have seen the work range from a simple “wow”, right through the spectrum to “I thought it was a new memorial that had just been installed”.
Now that the memorial has become “visible” again it is a fitting tribute to the men of the Dragoons who lost their lives.
The next step for the DDHA is to carry out in depth research into the men named on the memorial, so that their stories can be preserved for the current and future generations.