Did you ever wonder why Yorkshire Day was 1st August? Well, here’s why.....

Buglers and drummers perform prior to the opening of the KOYLI Museum.
Buglers and drummers perform prior to the opening of the KOYLI Museum.
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On August 1, 1759 the 51st Regiment (later the King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry) took part in the Battle of Minden (Germany).

This was a famous victory for the British and Prussians against the French cavalry.

In commemoration the King‘s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry always celebrated Minden Day on 1st August. As the only regiment to have been raised in Yorkshire, the 1st August also became adopted as Yorkshire Day.

The story goes that as the soldiers were advancing into battle they passed through some gardens on the edge of the town of Minden. The soldiers plucked flowers and stuck them in their tunics. To honour this the King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry always wore a white rose in their caps on Minden Day.

To commemorate Minden Day and Yorkshire Day there will be a free tour on August 1 of the newly opened King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry Museum at 11am and 2.30pm. The KOYLI Museum is based at the Museum & Art Gallery on Chequer Road.

For further details contact Doncaster Museum & Art Gallery on (01302) 734293