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Qatia 100: Worcester Yeomanry to commemorate the centenary of the Battle of Qatia

Posted  10 February 2016 in News  
By Kate Clements
Corporal Dabbs, Worcestershire Yeomanry

On 23 April 2016, the Worcestershire Yeomanry will commemorate the centenary of the Battles of Qatia and Oghratina with a special commemorative service at Worcester Cathedral.

At 2.45pm members of the Worcester Yeomanry invite members of the public to join them in the unveiling of a bespoke memorial created by sculptor and mosaic artist Victoria Harrison at Cripplegate Park in Worcester. The unveiling will be carried out by the Lord Lieutenant for the County of Worcestershire, Lieutenant Colonel P Holcroft LVO OBE, and the dedication by the Squadron Padres.

Qatia 100 is part of the Worcestershire World War One Hundred project. Funded through Heritage Lottery Fund, Worcestershire World War One Hundred is one of the largest programme of events across England commemorating the First World War. It involves cultural and heritage organisations county-wide through until 2018.

Descendants of Worcestershire Yeomanry, who served at Qatia or during the First World War are invited to contact Worcestershire Yeomanry with a view to joining them on 23 April. The regiment would also like to hear their stories, ahead of a special exhibition giving a full account of the battles at the Worcester Soldier Gallery from 21 March 2016 until 30 May.

The 9 feet-high commemorative poppy sculpture designed and created by Victoria Harrison will provide a lasting memorial to the Worcestershire Yeomanry. The sculpture has been funded by Councillor Richard Udall and the Worcestershire County Council Divisional Fund and supported by Worcestershire Stone Masons of Hylton Road, Worcester.

Find out more about the Battle of Qatia of April 1916.

Visit the Friends of the Worcestershire Yeomanry Museum Facebook page and the Worcestershire World War One Hundred website for further information about the Qatia 100 Commemorations.

To contact the Worcestershire Yeomanry with your ancestors’ stories, get in touch with Colonel Stamford Cartwright on 012531 640608 or stamfordstmfcr@aol.com OR Mr Barry Weaver on 01384 637036 or bazannweaver@talktalk.net.

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