Michael Anthony Lee

It was with great sadness that we have to announce the Death of Michael Anthony Lee, who died on 3rd February 2019. After the disbandment of the York and Lancaster Regiment in 1968 Michael transferred to the Duke of Wellington Regiment. The funeral took place on Monday 18th February 2019 at St Mary's Church,  Greasbrough , Rotherham.


CSM Roy Crummack

It is with great sadness that we have to announce the death of CSM Roy Crummack, who passed away on 4th Jan 2018


Major Edward George Bower

It is with great sadness that we have to announce the death, over the Christmas period, of Major Edward G. Bower.

Born 19/10/27. From Ranks 324 days. Granted Emergency Commission 2nd Lieutenant 5/1/46. Served with 7 ITC and Somaliland Gendarmerie until 15/8/48. Acting and Temporary Captain 17/4/47 to 15/4/48. Unemployed list to 14/1/51. Granted Short Service Commission 15/1/51 as Lieutenant with seniority from 5/7/46

Joined 1 Y& L in BAOR on commissioning 1951. Temporary Captain 31/12/52 to 26/3/54. Sudan 1953. Captain 27/3/54. Canal Zone and Egypt 1954. UK 1955. Suez 1956. GS Medal with clasp. UK 1957. Seconded Military Forces Nigeria 1958. 1 Y&L BAOR 1960. Temporary Major 1960. Major 27/3/61. UK 1962. Training Major Hallams 1963 to 1965 then Joint Air Reconnaissance, Brampton until transfer to Intelligence Corps on 3/7/68 and completed service in BAOR.



 Members who attended the funeral of Pete Ambler on  November 28th at st  Peters church Hoyland  were Syd Dyson Chris Harding Vic Leigh and  Mick Medlock.
Pete a former member of the York and Lancaster Regiment Transferred to the Prince of Wales`s Own Regiment on disbandment and completed his service with the colours in that Regiment and he also did  reserve service.
An obvious family man  The church was standing room only a measure of the numbers of people who went to say their farewells


Brian Lee

11-1-1937 - 27-8-2016

It's with great sadness we have been informed of Brian's death after battling serious health problems for a number of years.

Brian was a National Serviceman and a Suez veteran who served in The York and Lancaster Regiment.  Brian will be sadly missed.

When his unit came back to England he was one of the extras in the film Dunkirk.

Brian's Funeral will be held at Barnsley Crematorium, Doncaster Road. S71 5EH

on Wednesday 14th September at 13-30hrs


Les Allen

It is with great sadness that we were informed of the death of Les Allen. Les had been admitted to hospital, he contracted pneumonia that developed into septicaemia. Barnsley members attending were Syd Dyson, Geoff Harding, Vic Leigh and Mick Medlock. The cremation tool place at Ince crematorium where his extended family and friends gave him a good send off. Les will be sadly missed.


Dougie Leek

It's with great sadness that we have been informed of the death of Dougie Leek (Ex Y  & L).

Dougie's funeral will be held on 15th April  2016 at St Mary's Parish Church Greasbrough

at 2pm


Stan Bexon

It's  with great sadness we have to announce the death of Stan Bexon.


Trevor Asquith

It's with great sadness that we have been informed that Trevor Asquith passed away on Thursday January 21st.
Trevor  died as a result  of an Aneurysm.

The funeral will be on 12th February at 11-00 In Welshpool


Geoff Hollling

1941 - 2015

It is with great sadness that we have to announce the sudden death of Geoff on 10th October 2015. Geoff was an Ex Y & L who was born on the 9th April 1941.

His funeral will take place at Barnsley Crematorium on Tues 20th October at 13:30hrs


Malcolm Lettin


Today 25th September 2013 we said our farewells to Malcolm Lettin.

Malc had been diagnosed with a secondary cancer of the liver before Christmas 2012 he was told not to expect to see Christmas but managed to fight on until September 11th.

Almost one year after Malc and Lillian had had a co validation of their wedding 22nd September 2012.

Malc met and married Lillian whilst serving with the Regiment in Cyprus. They later had a daughter named Dawn.

Malc was a stalwart of the regimental association and instrumental in bringing it back from the brink of disbandment.

Both Malc and Lillian put many Ideas, time and dedication into each of the reunions the branch have hosted over the past 14 years.

The cremation was attended by his three brothers and his sister as well as other relatives.

The Mayor of Barnsley was in attendance. This due to the Mayor being chairman of (the Barnsley Prisoner of war fund). Later prisoner of war and ex service men's and women's fund of Barnsley.

There were other trustees of the fund in attendance including Captain David Morris.

The standards of both the Barnsley and Sheffield branch were paraded,the branch standard was carried by Dave Lowe of the PWO Regimental Association.

A trumpeter played the last post and reveille.

Members of the branch, some we had not seen for a while came to pay there respects.

Colonel Elliot SSAFFA who works at Endcliffe Hall was also in attendance.

A eulogy was given by a close family friend.

A very sad day.


The funeral took place today 29th May 2012 of Brigadier R Eccles who died recently


Lewis Andrews
York and Lancaster Regiment


Enlisted at Pontefract Barracks 23 September 1938 

After training he was sent with a 

British expeditionary Force to France . 

Rescued from Dunkirk. 

Posted to MELF 

In May 1941 Lewis was on the Island of Crete when Germany launched the first ever airborne invasion 

He survived and managed to get on the last vessel to leave Crete 

Within two weeks he was sent to Tobruk to join in the defence of Tobruk, along with allied troops from Australia and South Africa. 

After the siege of Tobruk and Tobruk fell, it was1942,  Lewis was taken prisoner and shipped to the European mainland. 

The ship was torpedoed by a British submarine causing heavy losses.  Lewis survived in the sea 

for twenty four hours, rescue came in the form of a Greek fishing boat but Lewis was handed over to the German forces on landing . 

He was transported to Stalag IVB,  a camp situated between the villages of Burxdorf and Neuburxdorf 

The camp was called Mulhberg the name of the nearest town. 

The camp was designed to hold 16,000 prisoners 

By the time Russian troops liberated the camp in1945 there were over 30,000 prisoners in the camp of which 7250 were British troops. Starvation, Tuberculosis and Typhus were rife. 

On repatriation Lewis spent two years in Hospital. 

I am sure there is a lot more to tell but what a story from one single soldier. 

We are all proud to have known Lewis Andrews.



Brian Bisby.  1943-2012

Brian passed away after a long illness at the Rotherham Hospice on Sunday 13th May 2012.

Brian enlisted into the Yorkshire Brigade, York & Lancaster Regiment in 1961

He served three tours in BAOR, one in Cyprus and one in East Africa.

He was demobbed in 1973 as a Staff Sergeant.

He will be sadly missed. 


Captain Len Howard Smith

I have been informed today of the passing of Captain Len Howard Smith. He died several weeks ago but his daughter has only just been able to contact us. Captain Howard Smith was a gentleman with a very pleasant manner. He recently donated a blazer badge and we managed to raise Fifty pounds for branch funds from its sale.
He will be sadly missed


Ray Hunton

Ray Hunton died 27th July 2011 at 14-30hrs.  Ray has been in a care home for the past few weeks.



Terry Allen

Terry (fats, korky) Allen

15th April 1940 - 7th June 2011

From Bronchial Pneumonia.



Jack Etches

We have been informed today of the death on 9th  February 2011 of Jack Etches  after a suffering a long battle with heart disease. 


Eric Mason ( Ex Colour Sergeant) 1928 - 2010

Mr Eric Mason passed away 23rd August 2010.

Branch members attended the funeral which took place at the Hutcliffe Wood cemetary Sheffield 2nd September at 3pm. Sadly missed.


Brian Anson.  1943 - 2009

Today the branch members attended the funeral of one of its regular members Mr Brian Anson, who died last week after suffering a brain tumor. The internment took place at City Road cemetery and was attended by all his family and friends.
 A very sad day.
Andrew Robert Moore. 1966 - 2009 
Mr Andrew Robert Moore (Eggy)  who served with the Duke of Wellingtons Regiment, died December 12th 2009 aged 43 after a short illness. Sadly missed.