Pilgrimage To Caen For Conisbrough Mother and Daughter

August 1958

South Yorkshire Times August 9, 1958

Pilgrimage To Caen
For Conisbrough Mother and Daughter

Making her first air Journey yesterday, Mrs. Winifred Warren, of Mineymoor Lane, Conisbrough, flew with her mother, Mrs. Winifred McGrath, of 109, Daylands Avenue, Conisbrough, to Caen (Normandy), on a pilgrimage to the grave of her brother (and Mrs. McGrath’s son), at Fontenay-le-Pesnel, near Caen.

The brother was killed in action shortly after the Normandy landings.

He was Pte. Ronald McGrath, then only 17 ½ -years-old, a volunteer who intended making the Army his career and following in his father’s footsteps (he was a Company Sgt. Major). Ronald like his father, was in the King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry.

Mother and daughter flew from Lydd airport in Kent yesterday (Thursday) in a pilgrimage organised by the British Legion. This trip will be Mrs. McGrath’s third visit to her son’s grave.

Mrs. McGrath and Mrs. Warren are staying in Normandy for five days and are to be presented to the Mayor of Caen and are to visit the former battlefields and beachheads where the landings were made.

Ronald formerly lived with his parents when they lived at 45, Daylands Avenue. He worked at Conisbrough brickyard before joining the Army.