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We have now unveiled a new memorial in Halifax, the heart of the Regiment. This memorial commemorates the 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


We would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who donated to the Memorial Appeal and enabled us to reach our £240,000 target. Every supporter has enabled us to honour the service and achievements of all soldiers who served with the Regiment. The statue will also remember the ultimate sacrifice many of our soldiers made, and leave a permanent, national legacy to inform generations to come.

Brigadier Andrew Meek CBE said: “We couldn’t be happier with the turnout for the Memorial unveiling. It was an incredible day of celebration which reflected the true spirit of the Duke of Wellington’s Regiment.

ITV News

BBC Look North

Unveiling Feature


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 (until November 2018), Major General Sir Evelyn Webb-Carter, Brigadier Richard Mundell, 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.




Patron, Vice Patrons and Appeal Committee,

Appeal Patron

The Duke of Wellington OBE DL

Appeal Vice Patrons

General Sir Charles Huxtable KCB CBE DL (until November 2018)

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.



A few words after a wonderful day for The Unveiling….

‘Yesterday felt to be a ‘once in a lifetime’ event for Halifax! A’ magic’ moment not to be missed..We would like to add our thanks and congratulations to everyone for a job well done ..A great deal of hard work by a great many people, but the will to succeed and pride in taking part was tangible’

‘We are all still glowing from last Fridays event ..and with ‘Gentleman Jack’ airing last night ..the town has really had a wonderful boost! You can feel it ..the town is buzzing ..this morning I took a friend to look at the statue ..there were so many people doing just that too’

Yorkshire Fundraising Event 

On Friday 8th March the Duke of Wellington’s Regiment Memorial Appeal welcomed over 240 people to The Arches in Dean Clough Mills, Halifax for an exclusive fundraising evening which raised over £18,400.

Halifax Flower Club Christmas Cracker Event 

Hosted by Suzanne McDonald, daughter of the late Major Keith McDonald the Halifax Flower Club raised £3000 for the Duke of Wellington’s Memorial Appeal.

Hindoostan Shooting Club’s Charity Clay Shoot

The Hindoostan Shooting Club, staged a clay shooting day on Friday 6 July at the Bisley shooting ground with the aim of raising money for the Dukes Memorial appeal. The event was an absolute triumph, much enjoyed by all participants raising £15,000.00 for the appeal. Our thanks goes to all those that made this day such a success.

Apsley House Reception March 6th 2018

Arthur Charles Valerian Wellesley, 9th Duke of Wellington, welcomed a host of guests to his Apsley House residence on Tuesday 6th March, in aid of the Duke of Wellington’s Regiment Memorial Appeal. The private drinks reception, held at Number 1, London provided an exclusive unveiling of the memorial Marquette, created in honour of the Duke of Wellington’s Regiments 300 years of service to the Crown.

(For members of the 500 club and potential donors) 

An Evening with Nigel Melville Thursday 8th February 2018 

Great Rugby stories from a past Captain of the England Team

An evening with Nigel Melville (Director of Professional Rugby at the RFU)  at The Leathersellers’ Hall, 7 St Helen’s Place, London, EC3A 6AB Drinks and Canapés were served and it included a Private Auction with Nick BonhamThank you to all those who attended, donated and made this such a successful evening. We raised just over £10,000 for the appeal.



Donate Online with JustGiving

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. 


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. 


Donate Over £500 To Join The 500 Club

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

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 maquette that was unveiled by the Duke of Wellington at Apsley House on 6th March 2018 is a representation following a design concept. The next stage is to ensure accuracy of uniforms and the finer Regimental details before producing the full-size Memorial. The work is being monitored, adjusted and approved by the Appeal Committee as it moves through the various stages.

Brief for Memorial that was given to the sculptor Andrew Sinclair

View the Memorial Gallery

Why Halifax? Why the West Riding?

Halifax, in the heart of the West Riding, was felt very strongly to be the most appropriate location for the Memorial  and here are the details that explain its place as our the geographical home and why this decision was so important:

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Our Sponsors & Charitable Donors



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 during 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 and the many others that did not return to their 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

“I have enjoyed supporting the Appeal through the Community Foundation and have been overwhelmed by the response from Foundation supporters to help fund what will be an amazing addition to the growing attractions for Calderdale residents and visitors in Halifax. Many people in Calderdale and Yorkshire have connections with the Duke of Wellington Regiment and it’s important those that paid the ultimate sacrifice or served in any way are not forgotten. Having seen the model of the memorial it truly is a fitting tribute to the Regiment and it’s huge credit to Robin Tuddenham and Councillor Geraldine Carter for having the vision to site the memorial in Halifax.”

Steve Duncan DLCEO of Community Foundation for Calderdale

I was a proud member of the DWR and it would be brilliant to see some kind of memorial in the Halifax area in honour of everyone who served in this fine regiment.

Philip Watson

My beloved father was in the Dukes during and after the second world war – his name was Denis Simonds. What a worthy cause to support.

Jacquie Drayton

This donation is on behalf of the family of Corp William Gartside of the 2nd Battalion who served with the Dukes for 2 years before being fatally wounded raiding a German trench in daylight near Arras

Dawn (Gartside) Bray

For my Uncle (WO2) John Fee and for my time served in the Regiment Once a Duke, always a Duke

Mike Fee


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