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  • WOII Geoffrey Hunter – Death Notification The Association has just been advised that Geoff Hunter passed away at 07:45hrs this morning. We have no further information, other than that Geoff has been quite ill for several months.   Geoffs Funeral will take place on the morning of  13th of August. (a week on Thursday) The social distancing / Lockdown rules are still in force for ... Read more...
  • Captain Tom’s investiture Captain Tom was invested with his knightood today, in the grounds of Windsor Castle. Two first’s were recorded for the event. 1. The first ‘socially distanced’ event. 2. Tom didn’t have to kneel down.           Read the full article on the BBC online:-  https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-beds-bucks-herts-53442746     Read more...
  • Captain Tom’s Book of Thanks A ‘Book of Thanks’ to commemorate Tom Moore’s exceptional fundraising efforts, for the NHS, has been compiled by Captain (Ret’d) Ben Walsgrove. The book contains some details about Tom, together with a large amount of photos of other Members of the Regiment, which many in the Regiment might enjoy. The print run was initially intended to be ... Read more...
  • Captain Sir Thomas Moore It has been announced that Captain Tom is to be knighted and his official Title will be:- Captain Sir Thomas Moore The Knighthood was nominated by the Prime Minister Boris Johnson and confirmed by the Queen     Read more...
  • Captain Tom Moores Pre-Birthday Celebration Gentlemen & Ladies of the Regiment   As you can imagine there is huge media interest in Capt Tom Moore’s 100th birthday tomorrow (Thursday). So much so, that if we were to attend in any form, we would simply be part of the backdrop and unlikely to get any air time whatsoever. Thus with the agreement of the family ... Read more...
  • Jack Scroby – Death Notification The Association has been advised that Jack Scroby has sadly passed away, aged 83, in hospital, on 25 April, 2020, from the Covid-19 virus, following a hip operation, whilst waiting for discharge to a care home. The Association extends its condolences to his wife Beryl. Jacks Funeral was held on 13 May 2020. The Cortege passed ... Read more...
  • Dukes Veterans helping during Covid-19 It seems that some of our veterans are back in business, though this time it’s in a secondary role, not on the front line. Providing security at the Doncaster Virus testing station.     Read more...
  • Captain Tom Moore (Ret’d) The whole nation has been inspired by the fundraising walk undertaken by Captain Tom Moore; who served in The ‘Dukes’ during WWII. Tom continues to proudly wear the Duke of Wellington’s Regiment (West Riding) Regimental tie and sport the Regimental Cap Badge on his blazer. Tom was born in April 1920 and raised in Keighley, Yorkshire. ... Read more...
  • Jim Briston – Death Notification Michelle Summers, daughter of Jim and Betty Briston, has advised that Jim passed away, on the 30th of March, 2020, due to a heart attack at home. despite Michell and her husband Paul doing CPR they were unable to save him. Both Jim and Betty were stalwarts of the Regiment and well liked by all who met ... Read more...
  • Adam Kelley – Death Notification Shaaron Kelly has advised that her son Adam Shaun Anthony Kelly, passed away on Friday 20th march aged 34yrs, due to a massive heart attack. Adam was and was medivaced back to the UK, from Iraq, in 2005, with Cancer. Adams brother Neil also served in the Dukes and like Adam served in Osnabruck and Iraq. Following a ... Read more...

Future Events

  • Eden Camp – All Services Parade The Association has been advised that this years All Services Parade, on 13th of September, has been cancelled. The letter from Nick Hill, below, explains it all:-   Dear Veterans Association Representative,                                                                                                                               We hope that you and your members are in good health. We are pleased to announce that after 107 day of being closed, we were able to ... Read more...
  • Captain Tom Moores Pre-Birthday Celebration Gentlemen & Ladies of the Regiment   As you can imagine there is huge media interest in Capt Tom Moore’s 100th birthday tomorrow (Thursday). So much so, that if we were to attend in any form, we would simply be part of the backdrop and unlikely to get any air time whatsoever. Thus with the agreement of the family ... Read more...
  • ‘Dukes’ Reunion October 2020 – At the Barum Top, Halifax The next Wetherspoons Reunion will Hopefully be 3rd of October, 2020   Read more...
  • Holocaust Memorial Day – Colonel Nick Borwell To All members. Colonel Nick Borwell will be giving a short talk, in Halifax Minster, as part of Holocaust Memorial Day, on the part 1DWR played in protecting the Bosnians of Gorazde from the Serbian Army during the Yugoslavian Civil War of 1994. Essentially they prevented a similar massacre/ ethnic cleansing of the Bosnians by Ratko ... Read more...
  • Barnsley – Armed Forces Commemorative Walkway   Barnsley Council unveiled a Commemorative Armed Forces Walkway, on Westgate, by the Barnsley 6th Form College, at the rear of the Town Hall, at 12:30hrs on Wednesday 27th Nov 2019. The walkway initially has 12 black granite flagstones, with the Badges of Regiments associated with Barnsley carved into them. One of which has the association logo ... Read more...
  • Halifax Boer War Memorial – Rededication, 7th November, 2019 As many will be aware the Soldiers War Memorial, in West View Park was vandalised several years back. The Memorial, unveiled in 1904 and usually called the Boer War Memorial, was built to commemorate 73 soldiers from the Parish who lost their lives during the Boer Wars of 1880-1 and 1899-1902; plus two more from ... Read more...
  • ‘Dukes’ Reunion – Halifax Wetherspoons, 1st October, 2019 – 12:30 hrs onwards Wetherspoons, Barum Top Inn, Halifax – Start approx 12:30—13:30   Read more...
  • Lt Col Walter Robins – Funeral Dear Sirs and Gentlemen It is with great regret that we have been advised of the death of Walter Robins on Wednesday 3rd of April in hospital. Walter was a Korean Vet where he served as Signal Pl Sgt.  Walter later became RSM and Quartermaster of the 1st Bn and subsequently Quartermaster at Sandhurst Military Academy. Walter ... Read more...
  • Regimental Memorial Unveiling – 17th May 2019 The Regimental memorial dedicated to the 304 years of service given by the Regiment to the nation and its historic ties to the people of the West Riding will be unveiled in Halifax on Friday 17th May 2019. The memorial is a celebration of our common ‘Dukes’ heritage, it is an acknowledgement of all those who ... Read more...
  • ‘Dukes’ Reunion – Halifax Wetherspoons, Saturday 6th April, 2019 – 12:30 hrs onwards Wetherspoons, Barum Top Inn, Halifax – Start approx 12:30—13:30   Read more...

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  • Regimental Memorial Unveiling – 17th May 2019

    Regimental Memorial Unveiling – 17th May 2019

    13:30 -20:30
    17-05-2019

    The Regimental memorial dedicated to the 304 years of service given by the Regiment to the nation and its historic ties to the people of the West Riding will be unveiled in Halifax on Friday 17th May 2019.

    The memorial is a celebration of our common ‘Dukes’ heritage, it is an acknowledgement of all those who served in the Regiment over those 300 plus years as well as, most importantly, the families that supported those serving. It is also a recognition of the deep ties between the Regiment and our home county, the West Riding of Yorkshire, from which nearly all of our soldiers and many of our officers were drawn. Those deep ties are reflected in the memorial being sited in the heart of Halifax – home to our Regimental Depot, Regimental Headquarters, Regimental Chapel and Regimental Museum. Throughout the whole of the project to create and erect this memorial we have received the wholehearted support of Calderdale Council.

    Calderdale Council, by giving the memorial a prime site within the town, have recognised that it is an exceptional piece of public artwork and one that they will be proud to be home to. Given the quality of the artwork Calderdale Council appreciate that it will also be a significant addition to the stature of the Town.

    The Memorial will be unveiled by the Duke of Wellington and the Mayor of Calderdale.

    This is a day to celebrate our Regiment. It is hoped that as many as possible from across the Regiment will join us for the concert in the Minster, the unveiling and then at our Regimental Association gathering in the Piece Hall afterwards.

     

    Format of the Day.

     The outline format of the day is:

    • 13.30 – 14.30 Musical Concert and Service in Halifax Minster. The Concert will tell the history of the Regiment in words and music. In doing this it will also look at how our ‘story’ is depicted on the memorial. An understanding of how this has been done, and the care the sculptor has taken to create something that many of believe to be truly exceptional (there is nothing else like it in the country), is an important ‘precursor’ to the unveiling itself. Please join us for this.
    • 15.15 – 15.45 Unveiling of the Memorial. Woolshops, Halifax
    • 16.15 – 20.30 (approximately)  Regimental Association reunion event including a buffet meal, Piece Hall, Halifax

     

    The Musical Concert and Service in the Minster and the Unveiling itself in the Woolshops will also be open to the public – and needs to be as this is both a celebration and recognition of the Regiment and its ties to the people of our home county the West Riding.

    The Regimental Association Reunion in the Piece Hall will be for Regimental Association members only including their family members and friends.

     

    Regimental Association Event.

    The Regimental Association event will be held in a Marquee in the Piece Hall and include a good quality buffet meal. Timothy Taylors brewery will be donating us 4 casks of ‘Havercake’ Ale which will need to be drunk.

    It will be a ‘ticket entry’ event. Tickets will cost £15.00 per head. To achieve this the event is being subsidised to a generous level from Regimental Trust Funds.

    NB: Ticket application form at the bottom of the page.

     

    Please encourage those in the Regiment who you may be aware of who may not have received this letter directly and may like to come to the unveiling to use the website to download a ticket application form. 

    Applications for tickets and payment should reach the Regimental Association Office in Bankfield by: FRIDAY 3rd MAY 2019

     

    LET’S CELEBRATE OUR REGIMENT

     

    Best regards,

    David Harrap

    Virtutis Fortuna Comes

     

    Downloadable Ticket Application Form. (MS Word Format)

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