Roy Vaux was born in Doncaster around 1894. During Roy’s childhood, his father Tom was the innkeeper of the Mason’s Arms pub, Market Place, Doncaster. In 1911, Roy, aged 17, was working as a draper’s apprentice with Messrs. Smith Drapers, Market Place and his brother Eric, aged 15, was still at school.
Roy served in the 9th Battalion of the King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry. The 9th K.O.Y.L.I. were raised in Pontefract in September 1914 as part of Kitchener’s New Army recruitment. Roy joined the battalion in January 1916. On 1 July 1916 his battalion was involved in the first push of the bloody offensive known as the Battle of the Somme. Roy’s Battalion were decimated by this battle which continued until November 1916. Roy was killed on the 16 September 1916, age 22, and is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, dedicated to the missing of this long battle.
Eric Vaux served as a Gunner in the Royal Horse Artillery. Prior to the war, Eric served in the Territorial Force. In 1916, Eric received a gold medal, awarded by the King of Serbia for distinguished service. Eric survived the war and died in September 1971 in Oxfordshire, aged 75.