The Duke of Wellington's Regiment – also known as the Havercake Lads – is the only regiment to be named after a commoner.
The regiment was formed when the 33rd Regiment of Foot and the 76th Regiment of Foot merged in 1881. The name was taken because the Duke of Wellington had been Colonel of the 33rd Regiment of Foot.
The Wellesley Barracks were built for the regiment.
The regiment went on to become a famous British regiment whose actions included:
The 1st battalion fought at the Battle of the Hook
The regiment is unique in carrying four colours on parade.
Since 1845, the Regiment has the right, granted by the County Borough of Halifax, to march through the streets of the town
on all ceremonial occasions with bayonets fixed, colours flying and bands playing
The following are recorded:
On 11th July 1915, the colours of the 1/4 Battalion of the Duke of Wellington's Regiment were deposited at Halifax Parish Church.
On 18th June 1919, there was a public welcome home from abroad, after World War I, for the Regiment (Halifax Territorials).
They were established just before the second South African War.
Several companies made up the Battalion including the Brighouse Company.
In January 2013, it was announced that the title would be dropped, and the colours would be laid up, and the Battalion would become the 1st Battalion The Yorkshire Regiment.
Since 1998, the regiment has had two battalions.
The regiment still recruits many of its men and women from what was the West Riding.
The regiment is known for its success on the Rugby field, and has won the Army Cup 14 times – more than any other regiment – and been runners up 7 times.
The Duke of Wellington's Chapel is inside the south-east corner Halifax Parish Church.
Since 1960, the Museum of the Duke of Wellington's Regimental Association has been at Bankfield.
In 2004, there were fears that the regiment would be disbanded when the government announced plans to reorganise the army. The Dukes survived to become a part of a new Yorkshire Regiment – including The Green Howards and The Prince of Wales' Own – and became the 3rd Battalion The Yorkshire Regiment, Duke of Wellington's
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Malcolm Bull 2017 /
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