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Regimental Archives

The Archives consist of a collection of Books, Documents, War Diaries and Photographs. This was originally established at Regimental Headquarters (RHQ) in Halifax in 1929, in a filing cabinet, which, at that time, was sufficient for the contents.

By 1992 separate rooms were required to accommodate and conserve the collection. This project was taken on by former WO2 Bill Norman, who sadly passed away in January 2005, after 70+ years service with the Regiment. Bill had served in both the 1st and 2nd Battalions, having originally enlisted into the 2nd Battalion as a Band Boy in 1934, at the age of 14. He also saw service with the Commandos during WW2.

The collection has, over the years, grown considerably. This now includes:- Official documents, books, maps, photographs, war diaries and papers, Regimental music and film footage. Additionally, there is a growing collection of photographs, photograph albums, personal diaries and items relating to the Regiment, which have been donated by ex-serving members and the relatives of deceased members. A considerable amount of military related books have also been donated to the Archives 'Bill Norman Library'.

The Archives are of principal interest to Regimental historians and research students, though there is also a growing awareness and interest from both relatives of former Dukes and the general public.

Archives Library


Archives / Research Office

There is an ongoing project to digitise the entire collection of photographs. Regimental archive photos are available for purchase, for personal use, on A4 media or CD, at £1.00 per photo (+P&P). Commercial users should first apply for use & fees to the Regimental Secretary.

July 1916, 'C' Company 2/4th Battalion, The Duke of Wellington's Regiment, Henham Park, Wangford

A description of the Historical Research Service available is set out in the attached document below together with a self explanatory letter from Major Heron at the Halifax Administrative Office. This includes a historical enquiry form which can be downloaded. and forwarded to the 'Archives Dept' at Wellesley Park.

It should be noted that the archive staff are all unpaid volunteers and are only available on a spare-time basis. Some enquiries may take time for our archive staff to obtain the relevant information from other sources. A small nominal charge is made for doing research on historical enquiries, which is used to help fund the upkeep of the Regimental archives. Further details are on the form.



Microsoft Word Document  DWR Archive Research Form (Jan 2016)
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