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Historical Enquiries

The information we hold relates to the historical records of events of the Duke of Wellington’s Regiment and its various Battalions, although we do have details of some notable individuals, including those who were either killed in action (kia), died of wounds (dow), died from illness or accident during their service, or were awarded gallantry medals. The Archives does not hold personal details about individual soldiers.  These may be obtained from the Army Personnel Centre (APC), at Kentigern House, Glasgow. See their Deceased Personnel Records application details for further information, research application forms and fees.

The APC holds Officers’ and Soldiers’ records dating back to 1920. If you require information of soldiers who served prior to 1920, you need to contact the National Archives, at Kew, Surrey. A considerable number of records were lost during the London Blitz in World War Two, as a result of a bombing raid, when approximately 60% of all records were destroyed or badly damaged.


Please note that The West Yorkshire Regiment (14th Regiment of Foot) is not the same Regiment as the West Riding Regiment (33rd Regiment of Foot).

We do not hold any information about the West Yorkshire Regiment’s history or members. You will need to contact the curator at the York Army Museum.


Our archives is only manned by ‘spare time’ volunteers, usually on Wednesday and Thursday. It may therefore be several days before your email is read.

We cannot take research requests over the phone. Please be aware that the Association Office is a separate entity and has no access to the archive repository. They will forward all research requests to the archives volunteers.

Please be aware that some information may take time for our staff to obtain from an outside source to research. Although we will endeavour to reply within four weeks, from receipt of a completed form, we cannot guarantee it.

Regimental Journals, The IRON DUKE, are available for research in the library at Bankfield Museum, with some available for downloading as PDF format files, for personal use.

Other research books are also available at the library and again where permitted for downloading from the website.

Initial requests received by email, which require more detailed information, will require a research form to be completed prior to any research starting. It will speed up your enquiry if you send a completed form attached to your initial email where possible.

DWR Archive Research Request Form (MS Word Format)

DWR Archive Research Request Form (PDF Format)

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Postal address for completed request forms:

The Duke of Wellington’s Regimental Museum
Archives Department
Bankfield Museum, Boothtown Road
West Yorkshire