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The Duke of Wellington's Regiment (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 (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.

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 Circa £240,000.

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.

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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.

EVENTS

THE UNVEILING FRIDAY 17TH MAY

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 acknowledgment 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 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 BOOK HERE Unveiling Ticket Applic Ltr  (suggested dress code jackets and regimental ties)

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 Form for Tickets

Ride for the Regiment – Richmond to Halifax 11-12th May, 2019

A 2 day cycle ride through Yorkshire in aid of The Duke of Wellington’s Regiment Memorial Fund. Details to print:

Starting in Richmond, North Yorkshire on Saturday 11th May and finishing in Halifax on Sunday 12th May.Day 1 Saturday Richmond to York, c 60 miles.
0830 Meet Worsley Barracks York, transport with bicycles to Richmond OR
1030 Meet Market Square, Richmond outside The Green Howards Museum.

B&B at the Drill Hall, Worsley Barracks, York. Evening supper and drinks in York (at own expense).

Day 2 Sunday York to Halifax, c60 miles arriving early/mid afternoon. Return transport with bicycles from Halifax to York.

Costs

£45 for 2 days plus a minimum £100 pledge to DWR Memorial fund, all details at Registration

£30 for one day plus a minimum £50 pledge to DWR Memorial fund. An award will be made to the highest fundraiser.

Additional details

Registration is now open. Follow the link at Ride for the Regiment www.iconiccyclingevents.co.uk

Routes Ride Captains will follow a pre planned route circulated to all riders in advance.

Volunteers and support drivers The ride is looking for volunteers to drive support vehicles on the event.

Kit T-shirts, cycle tops and/or Regimental caps will be optional extras see Registration.

Sponsors –sponsorship opportunities exist for this high profile ride across Yorkshire. See below for contact details.

Friday night – B&B and car parking is available at Worsley Barracks on Friday 10th May for those travelling a long distance.

Contact the Iconic Cycling Events office 0752 8055110 or e-mail Richard Best, rgb@iconiccyclingevents.co.uk

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Yorkshire Fundraising Event

Friday 8th March 2019  – The Arches Dean Clough Halifax West Yorkshire HX3 5AX

On Friday evening we hosted a third fundraising event in aid of the Appeal where we welcomed over 240 guests at The Arches in Dean Clough, Halifax for an exclusive dinner.

The evening included a champagne reception, dinner and as the evening progressed, guests were treated to a spellbinding performance by Britain’s Got Talent winning magician, Lance Corporal of Horse (LCoH) Richard Jones. This was followed by a recital of Rudyard Kipling’s ‘Tommy’, accompanied by a display by the Corps of Drums of the Yorkshire Volunteers. At the end of the evening we then ran a live auction and raffle.

In his welcoming remarks, Brigadier Andrew Meek CBE said: “It is tremendous to see so many people at our event in Halifax, showing their support for the Regiment. Our goal is to raise £240,000 for the memorial which will sit in the heart of Halifax, home of the regiment for two centuries.” The unveiling, by his Grace The Duke of Wellington, will take place on Friday 17thMay 2019.

We made just over £18,400 towards the appeal, which is wonderful – not always easy in this climate.  The evening not only raised good funds but also awareness of the whole project.  We cannot thank you enough for supporting this project and for your generosity

Halifax Flower Club Christmas Cracker Event 

Thursday 6th December 10am – 8pm Raffle, Tombola and Stalls

Details here

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)  6pm – 9pm 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.

Please see the programme attached: DWR Rugby Programme

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?

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

DUKES’ GALLERY

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 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

CONTACT US

To contact The Duke of Wellington’s Regiment Memorial Appeal, please use the links below.

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