LOCAL NEWS AND EVENTS OF THE 1950s
PONTEFRACT IN 1959
7 August 1959
MINDEN RECALLED BY K.O.Y.L.I.
The 200th anniversary of the Battle of Minden
was celebrated during the weekend by troops of the King's Own Yorkshire
Light Infirmary at the Regimental Depot, Pontefract, at Minden itself,
at Dusseldorf Corruna Aden and in other parts of the world.
At Pontefract Barracks, a day of activity on
Friday began with a parade for the recruits and permanent staff of the
Depot. It was watched by members of the Regimental Association in the
West Riding and the traditional Minden address, read by the Commanding
Officer of the Depot, Major J.S. Wood, was followed by the exhortation.
Major Wood also read a message from the Queen Mother, who is the Colonel
In Chief of the Regiment.
After the parade, lunch, (with beer) was
served by the officers, warrant officers and sergeants. Thanks were
expressed by Corporal Moore who celebrated his 24th and last Minden Day
in uniform. He is to take up a civilian post at the Barracks. In the
afternoon a comic cricket match was played between the officers and
sergeants and the recruits, and the former won, but only after buckets
of water had been used. The spectators found plenty of entertainment in
some unorthodox characters and equipment. The prize for the winning team
was a crate of beer - and they shared it with the losers. The
celebrations closed with the traditional ball held by the warrant
officers and sergeants, which continued into the early hours of
Saturday. Among the guests were the Mayor and Mayoress of Pontefract,
Councillor and Mrs J. Walton, the Mayor and Mayoress of Barnsley, and
other local people. Throughout the day, troops wore white roses on their
The Battle of Minden is recalled as that in
which ascendancy of Cavalry in the field was broken forever by a
handful of Infantrymen, helped by the novel use of mobile infantry. The
men of the 51st Foot (now K.O.Y.L.I.) who took part in it, were West
Riding men who joined the Regiment when it was raised at Leeds in
1755-56, and Minden was their first battle.