Historic battalion title ‘Duke of Wellington’ to be scrapped

Dukes homecoming parade and reception, Halifax Town, 2012.
Dukes homecoming parade and reception, Halifax Town, 2012.
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The historic battalion title of the Duke of Wellington regiment - which has its roots in Halifax - is to be axed.

As part of a major restructing process of the Yorkshire Regiment, it has been confirmed the 3rd Battalion (Duke of Wellington) Regiment title will be lost.

The decision follows the announcement that Yorkshire Regiment’s 2nd Battalion (Green Howards) was to be merged into the 1st Battalion (Prince of Wales’s Own) and the 3rd Battalion - after the Government said the regiment must reduce by one battalion.

Now army chiefs have decided to renumber and rename the remaining two battalions to become the 1st and 2nd - and drop all three historic titles.

They have also announced the 3rd Battalion’s colours will be laid up.

Fore more information and reaction see Friday’s Courier.