Long standing Knights fan Chris Gryzelka is trying to track down the families of the Doncaster RUFC players that died in WW1.
Currently in the Landsdowne suite there is a board in tribute of those fallen Doncaster RUFC players that gave their lives for their country.
We would like to honour the fallen by bringing their surviving relatives back to Doncaster to see how they have been honoured by the club they once represented on the rugby pitch.
In 2014, we remembered those that never returned from WW1 with a minute silence along with cadets in a parade, before a game against London Scottish.
Following that, the picture frame was put up inside Castle Park, and former player and ex-soldier Chris was inspired by a recent visit to Derbyshire.
“I went to an event with my wife, and there was a stall about cricketers who had died in the war.
They had traced some of the families and we thought that we should be doing something like that.
“So that’s what we’re now hoping to do. We want to trace the surviving relatives and invite them here for a meal before the nearest match to the anniversary of the war, November 11.”
We have managed to trace the names of those who had died by looking back at historical rugby publications. The names of all those who were killed, were published in the 1919 Yorkshire Handbook, printed with details of local rugby clubs after the war.
Doncaster Knights commercial manager Michael Casey is helping the project.
“The pictures attract quite a bit of interest. People take a moment to read it, and stop and look at the photos. People are intrigued.
“I am a long way separated from that time. I’ve never been in the military and it is hard to process the sacrifice those men made. The pictures bring what happened all those years ago closer to home.
“The faces make it more real. The fashions are different – you don’t get many moustaches these days. But you can see they were just young men with a boyish innocence asked to go beyond what we ask people to do nowadays.”
The relatives that the club is able to trace will be invited to Castle Park, to a lunch and to watch the Knights play Coventry on November 10, 2018.
Contact email@example.com if you are related to one of the soldiers on the memorial. Details of the club members killed during the war vary are below.
Details of regiments and batallions, places and dates of death.
The names are: Abbiss, RD; 2nd Lt, 2nd Kings Own Yorkshire Light Infantry, died of wounds, December 2, 1917
Cook Percy, L/Cpl 15th West Yorkshire Rifles, (Leeds Pals) died at the Battle of the Somme , July 1, 1917
Roberts GH, Capt 2/4th, KOYLI, died of wounds 22 November, 1917
Walker Anthony, T Lt, 8th Battalion Rifle Brigade, killed in action, Hooge, Flanders, July 30, 1915
Hemingway James, 2nd Lt, Seaforth Highlanders, killed in action, May 9, 1915
Sharp Steve Oswald, 2nd Lt, York and Lancaster Regiment, killed in action on the first day of the battle of the Somme, at Serre, July 1, 1916
Walker John Wickham, Capt 5th KOYLI, killed in action, Thiepval, Battle of the Somme, July 5, 1916
Bradley W, Cpl, 1/6th KOYLI, killed in action, the Somme, around September 1, 1918
Ogley, Sgt, 6th KOYLI, killed at Ypres September 7, 1915 Tucker Alf, Capt, KOYLI, killed in action, 1915
Wills AN, Capt, 5th KOYLI, died of wounds received at Ypres on March 7 1918
Comrie J, Lt
Grey D, Lt
Howson F, Sgt MM
McQuire R, Lt