World War 1 Memorial to the Queens Own Yorkshire Dragoons
Restoration of the Queens Own Yorkshire Dragoons Memorial.
In 2017 a restoration project was undertaken on the Queens Own Yorkshire Dragoons Memorial. The Minster is a member of the Doncaster and District Heritage Association (DDHA), and i 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 was carried out by Skillingtons Workshops of Grantham, a specialist company in the restoration field. The majority of the work was carried out by Laura Parker, her patience and skill was very impressive to see, and the gradual transformation of the Memorial was amazing.
During the time that the restoration has been taking place, over 70 members of the public visited the Minster to watch the work progress and members of the Minster community have also taken a keen interest.
Comments from those who saw 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 was 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. A published record of the findings is available for sale in the Minster Shop. Subsequently a special service was held to celebrate the restoration of the Memorial, following much of the wording of the original dedication service.