Telling the story of the Dukes from the early days of 1702 through to Afghanistan

Major Sam Humphris, Mayor John Hardy, Mayoress Janet Hardy, Corporal Andy Reid, Captain Will Sutton and Brigadier Dick Mundell
Major Sam Humphris, Mayor John Hardy, Mayoress Janet Hardy, Corporal Andy Reid, Captain Will Sutton and Brigadier Dick Mundell

Another chapter in the proud history of the Duke of Wellington’s Regiment was unveiled at Bankfield Museum, Halifax.

The Dukes - now known as the 3rd Battalion fo the Yorkshire Regiment - have historic roots in Halifax.

It remains the home of the regimental museum and a new display case was opened by the Mayor of Calderdale John Hardy.

The latest exhibits cover the 2009/10 Afghanistan campaign with recordings of the experiences of soldiers who served on that tour.

Currently, the 3rd Battalion is again in Afghanistan and is due home later this month.

Brigadier Dick Mundell, who is chairman of the Museum Trustees, welcomed past and present Dukes and the wider public to the opening.

“We have a lot of connections with Halifax which is always regarded as home,” he said.

“Our hearts are here and our museum is here.”

While paying tribute to the soldiers on the 2009/10 tour he also said everybody was looking forward to the return of Dukes currently deployed there on a difficult tour which had cost the lives of several men.

Major Sam Humphris set the scene for the deployment of his company in 2009/10 at short notice as battle casualty reserves into a violent area and 50 degrees heat.

He praised his troops for adapting to the change of role.

“They were able to deploy in good order in the worst area at the height of the Afghan summer and were quite incredible and deserving of the high praise they received,” said Major Humphris.

The exhibition hinges on the stories of two soldiers who attended the opening.

They were Cpl Andy Reid, who lost three limbs, but who has overcome his disabilities to lead a fulfilling life.

And, Capt William Sutton who led what has been dubbed the luckiest platoon.

Cpl Reid spoke with humour about his determination to fight back from his injuries since when he has married and the couple’s son is due in weeks.