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The Duke of Wellington's Regimental (West Riding) Memorial page

We are creating a new memorial in Halifax, the heart of the Regiment, and we need your help. This memorial will commemorate 304 years of service by The 'Dukes' to the Nation. It will reflect our history, the spirit of the Regiment and the qualities of the Yorkshire soldier.

Virtutis Fortuna Comes

ABOUT THE MEMORIAL FUND

It is now over 11 years since The Duke of Wellington’s Regiment left the Army’s order of battle and, whilst a number of plaques and other mementoes have been unveiled in West Yorkshire, there is no formal memorial to reflect the Regiment’s 300 years of loyal and conspicuous service to the Crown. The time is now right for the creation of a significant, permanent memorial to the Regiment. Missing this opportunity would allow the Regiment and its legacy to be relegated to footnotes in the history books.

The purpose of the memorial is far greater than simply a statement that the Regiment existed and that ‘we were different’. We know we were genuinely different and this is sufficient reason for there to be a memorial. But there is more to it than simply reflecting a certain uniqueness: the memorial will honour all those ‘Dukes’ who gave their lives; it will commemorate our heritage; acknowledge all those who served in all battalions and, importantly, the families that supported those men; and it will recognise the county from which the majority came. Furthermore the memorial will be situated in the very heart of Halifax, home to the Regiment for over 200 years, and which still views The ‘Dukes’ as their regiment. And the really good news is that this project has the wholehearted support of Calderdale Council.

We do not underestimate the challenge we have set ourselves in raising the required funds to bring this vision of a memorial to reality. His Grace The Duke of Wellington has kindly agreed to be the Patron to this appeal and our Vice Patrons are: General Sir Charles Huxtable, Major General Sir Evelyn Webb-Carter, Colonel John Barkshire and Colonel Charles Dent. We will be organising certain events to help raise the funds but as with any appeal of this nature the key to success will lie in the support from all those who have a connection to the Regiment. It is for this reason that we are offering a number of ways in which you can give to this appeal and I would ask you to look at these carefully.

I am conscious that we are all inundated with appeals from all sorts of organisations, but for everyone within The ‘Dukes’ family this is a once in a lifetime opportunity to support the placing of a fitting memorial to the Regiment right in the heart of our historic home.

Brigadier Andrew Meek CBE – Appeal Fundraising Chair.

LATEST NEWS

MEMORIAL DEDICATION – TO BE PUBLISHED LATER

Dedication Ceremony

A Dedication Ceremony will be held to unveil the memorial when it is completed.  Full details, including confirmed timings and instructions as to how to register to attend will be sent out nearer the date.

It promises to be a great Regimental occasion.

WHAT WILL IT COST?

Our memorial will cost £180,000.

To all who served in our Regiment, to the wider Regimental family and anyone who values the distinguished service of this wonderful West Riding regiment – there is an opportunity for you to become a joint-owner of this impressive memorial by making a donation towards its cost.

Patron, Vice Patrons and Appeal Committee,

Appeal Patron

The Duke of Wellington OBE DL

Appeal Vice Patrons

General Sir Charles Huxtable KCB CBE DL

Major General Sir Evelyn Webb-Carter KCVO OBE DL

Brigadier W R Mundell OBE

Colonel R R St J Barkshire CBE TD

C J Dent DL

Appeal Fundraising Committee

Brigadier Andrew Meek CBE

Brigadier Michael Bray CBE

Captain John Hogg

Colonel Alistair Roberts MBE

Major Peter Robinson MBE

Lieutenant Colonel Richard Ward

Executive Fundraiser

Caroline Cary

Why Should I Contribute?

By donating to our appeal, you will:

Honour your service and the achievements of all the soldiers and their families associated with the Regiment. You will remember the sacrifice of those who gave their lives, and leave a permanent, national legacy to inform generations to come.

Become a joint-owner of this splendid monument. A memorial book containing the names of all donors, but not the amount donated, will be created at the end of our fundraising appeal and will be on display at The Duke of Wellington’s Regimental Museum.

You may wish to make a donation in memory of a relation or friend who served in our Regiment.

EVENTS

Reception at Apsley House on 6th March 2018.

An event will take place at Apsley House, on 6th March 2018 by kind invitation of his Grace, The Duke of Wellington, to unveil the approved design of the memorial. For all those that have joined the 500 club you will receive an invite for 2 people to this wonderful evening where you will also have the opportunity to see the unveiling of the memorial design – donate now and you will be included in this exclusive evening.

HOW TO DONATE

ONLINE DONATIONS

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It is easy, just click below and follow the instructions.

All donations gratefully received, from one off payments to monthly £10 donations, every contribution helps.

Please consider adding Gift Aid if you are eligible and a UK tax-payer. It increases your donation by 25% at no cost to yourself.

We hope you will contribute as generously as you can, all gifts of any size are most gratefully received. 

OFFLINE DONATIONS

BACS, Cheque or Standing Order

You can make a gift towards the cost of our memorial in a variety of ways:

  • Online Banking and BACS
  • Cheque
  • Standing Order

If you haven’t got a lump sum to contribute why not consider a monthly £10 donation for a year.

Please consider adding Gift Aid if you are eligible and a UK tax-payer. It increase your donation by 25% at no cost to yourself.

We hope you will contribute as generously as you can, all gifts of any size are most gratefully received. 

JOIN THE 500 CLUB

Donate Over £500 To Join The 500 Club

Feeling generous? Why not become a member of the illustrious 500 club?

Donate over £500 and you automatically qualify for the special status of 500 club member and be eligible for the Apsley House Event (Limited numbers & only 2 per donation).

Please consider adding Gift Aid if you are eligible and a UK tax-payer. It will effectively increase your donation by 25% at no cost to yourself.

We hope you will be able to be as generous as possible.

What will the Memorial be like?

The memorial is currently being designed  – more details to follow.

Why Halifax?

The appeal committee has taken the decision to place the new memorial in Halifax at the heart of our historic home.

Our Sponsors

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MESSAGES

What a wonderful opportunity for us to remember our grandfather Lt Col A E H Sayers OBE
by contributing to this memorial. Ben (as he was known) fought and was wounded in WW1, served with the Regiment on the NW Frontier in India between the wars and commanded the depot in Halifax after the WW2

Caroline Cary
I served 13 plus wonderful years in one of the finest Regiments in the British army. On my first tour of Northern Ireland ( Belfast 79/80 )we sadly lost 2 comrades in Memory of WO2 David Bellamy  CPL Erroll Price. Many others that did not return to there loved ones. VFC
Keith Oldroyd

“Calderdale Council is fully supportive of this wonderful project for the Duke of Wellington’s Regimental Memorial in Halifax. We have a long and proud association with the regiment, and would be delighted to see the statue further add to our heritage experience and sense of place in the town.”

Robin Tuddenham Chief Executive of Calderdale Council
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