THE Duke of York unveiled a commemorative statue in memory of Calderdale soldiers.
“The Keeper of Souls” is based at the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire.
The Duke is Colonel in Chief of The Yorkshire Regiment formed in 2006 and its antecedent regiments include The Duke of Wellington’s.
Calderdale is the recruiting heartland of “The Dukes” now known as 3rd Battalion The Yorkshire Regiment (Duke of Wellington’s).
The statue is a replica of what is at the east front of York Minster and it was the Duke who suggested carvers might include a tribute to the soldiers.
“I’m very pleased to see this monument to the soldiers of the Yorkshire Regiment come to fruition,” he said.
“It’s a statue of tremendous significance to the regiment, a fitting memorial to those it has lost and I hope it will become a place of quiet reflection for soldiers of the Yorkshire Regiment and their families.”
The statue draws on the original motifs and meaning of York Minster’s Lady Chapel. It is based on the 14 Angels who surmount York Minster’s Great East Windows depiction of God the Father in heaven. At the base is a cloud motif which is symbolic of heaven.
The angel holds a shield to protect the insigna and souls of The Yorkshire Regiments and its antecedent regiments - which also include The Prince of Wales’s Own Regiment of Yorkshire, The Green Howards, The Yorkshire Volunteers and the York and Lancaster Regiment.
The statue’s column represents the columns of York Minster and is made of magnesian limestone from Yorkshire.