Regimental Archives & Library
The Regimental archives and library is based in Bankfield Museum, in Halifax.
The archives were originally established in 1929 at the Regimental Depot in Halifax. At that time a single filing cabinet was sufficient to hold its contents. Over the years it grew substantially and by 1992 separate rooms were required to accommodate and conserve the collection.
This project was eventually taken on by former WO2 Bill Norman. 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 fought in the Battle of the Sittang Bridge, in Burma and later in Anzio, with the Commando’s, then in Korea with the 1st Battalion.
You can read an account of Bill’s recollection of the Battle of Sittang Bridge, on the World War II today website.
By the time of his death, in January 2005, Bill had contributed over 70 years of service to the Regiment.
The collection includes official documents, books, maps, photographs, war diaries, papers, Regimental music and film footage.
Additionally, there is a growing collection of personal photograph albums, diaries and items relating to the Regiment, which have been donated by former members of the Regiment or their relatives. A considerable number of books relating to the Regiment have also been donated to our library.
The Archives form a valuable resource for Regimental historians, research students, relatives and descendants of former ‘Dukes’ doing Regimental and family history research, as well as the general public.
The staff are currently digitising the entire collection, including the Regimental Journal the ‘Iron Duke‘ (first published in 1925), Much of this material will eventually be uploaded to the website.