Duke of Wellington’s Regiment Memorial Appeal Interview with Calderdale Counsellor Geraldine Carter at Apsley House

View the Duke of Wellington’s Memorial Appeal Interview with Calderdale Counsellor Geraldine Carter at Apsley house.

Duke of Wellington’s Regiment Memorial Appeal Interview with Major Peter Robinson MBE at Apsley House

View the Duke of Wellington’s Regiment Memorial Appeal Interview with Committee Member Major Peter Robinson MBE at Apsley House.

Duke of Wellington’s Regiment Memorial Appeal Interview with Sculptor Andrew Sinclair MRBS

View the Duke of Wellington’s Regiment Memorial Appeal Interview with Sculptor Andrew Sinclair MRBS.

Duke of Wellington’s Regiment Memorial Appeal Interview with Brigadier Andrew Meek CBE at Apsley House

View the Duke of Wellington’s Memorial Appeal Interview with Appeal Fundraising Committee member Brigadier Andrew Meek CBE at Apsley house.

A Message from Robin Tuddenham Chief Executive of Calderdale Council

“We are delighted to be supporting the plans for a memorial to The Duke of Wellington’s Regiment in Halifax, its home for over 200 years.

“We know how important it is to local people to honour the Regiment, local soldiers and their families. The statue will provide a lasting legacy, adding to the Regiment Museum at Bankfield Museum in Halifax and the Regimental Chapel and Colours at Halifax Minster.

“The Duke of Wellington’s Regiment is a significant part of our local heritage, and our rich history is one of the incredible things that make Calderdale unique. Protecting and making the most of this heritage and supporting the Armed Forces is really important to the Council and our communities.

“We’re seeing unprecedented investment and focus upon Halifax and Calderdale, building on our heritage whilst creating an exciting new chapter. The memorial will reinforce the borough’s place on the map as a historic and cultural destination.”

Robin Tuddenham Chief Executive of Calderdale Council

Alwyn Chapman and Tracker Oakley organized the April gathering of retired Dukes from the rank & file of the regiment.
On April the 7th the Dukes took over the ‘Barum Top Inn’ Wetherspoons Pub in Halifax for the first of 2018 unofficial reunions. Dukes of all ranks accompanied by wives, partners & girlfriends turned up in good numbers. No entertainment required, just the sound of individuals revelling in stories and experiences of the past. It was a case of “I know your face but the name escapes me!” The Maquette was displayed for the first time in Yorkshire, creating plenty of interest and fuelling conversations in the room over the future memorial. Many questions to do with the memorial were fielded and answered by John Hogg & Peter Robinson. Lots of photographs and selfies were taken with the Maquette so hopefully some will be posted on Facebook for all to see. The assistant Regimental Secretary of the Yorkshire Regiment, Major Pat Ralph, attended the function with information and hand-outs about the Yorkshire Regiment. Many of the gathering had previously donated to the memorial, however a big ‘Thank You’ to those who donated on the day and please keep it coming in as we have still some way to go!
As part of the build up and the fundraising efforts for the memorial, an all ranks gathering will be organized late 2018 early 2019 to be held in Halifax or Huddersfield. Grateful for any comments ref locations.

Yorkshire Post – Memorial Marks Regiment’s 300 Years

A Model of a memorial – which is expected to go up in Halifax next year commemorating 304 years of service by the Duke of Wellington’s Regiment – was unveiled at ad rinks reception in London.

Arthur Wellesley, 9th Duke of Wellington, welcome guests to Apsley House, on Hyde Park Corner, in aid of the Duke of Wellington’s Regiment Memorial Appeal.

Created by the world-class figurative sculptor Andrew Sinclair, the completed memorial will be unveiled next spring by the Duke in Halifax, the home of the Regiment for over 200 years.

It will “honour the members of the Regiment who gave their lives to our country, acknowledge those who served in all battalions and recognise the families and their home county”.

Mr Sinclair said “Having a great fascination for military history, I am very much looking forward to delving into the longstanding past of the Regiment and creating a sculpture which commemorates its admirable spirit and the qualities of the Yorkshire soldier within the design”.

The Duke wished the Regiment every success in its fundraising endeavours.

Another £150,000 still needs to be raised towards the £225,000 cost of the memorial.

Article dated 08 March 2018.

BBC Look North Feature

A short feature on BBC Look North regarding the Memorial and our campaign for fundraising featuring footage from the scaled memorial reveal.

The article was featured on 7th of March 2018.

Country Life: For Queen and Country

Last week, at Ap­s­ley House W1, the Duke of Welling­ton un­veiled a ma­que­tte (image below) for a new memo­rial to hon­our those of his reg­i­ment who gave their lives for their coun­try dur­ing 300 years of ser­vice to the Crown.

Cre­ated by a mod­ern mas­ter of fig­u­ra­tive sculp­ture, An­drew Sin­clair—whose works grace a num­ber of pub­lic spa­ces, as well as the Royal Box at As­cot—the com­pleted bronze will be un­veiled in spring 2019 and will adorn the heart of Hal­i­fax, west York­shire, home of the Duke of Welling­ton’s Reg­i­ment for more than 200 years.

‘Hav­ing a great fas­ci­na­tion for mil­i­tary his­tory,’ says Mr Sin­clair, ‘I am very much look­ing for­ward to delv­ing into the long­stand­ing past of the reg­i­ment and cre­at­ing a sculp­ture that com­mem­o­rates its ad­mirable spirit and the qual­i­ties of the York­shire sol­dier within the de­sign.’

Last week’s ex­clu­sive event was in aid of the Duke of Welling­ton’s Reg­i­ment Memo­rial Ap­peal; a fur­ther £150,000 is want­ing to reach the tar­get of £225,000. If you wish to do­nate, visit

Live Interview with BBC Radio Leeds

On the 6th of March 2018 Sculptor Andrew Sinclair was interviewed on BBC Radio Leeds, in this interview Andrew talks; the day before the Marquette is revealed, about the project, how he came to be involved and the fantastic cause.

You can listen to the whole interview using the audio player below: