I do wish the Government would leave what they don’t understand - making the MOD change names - alone!
I do wish the Government would leave what they don’t understand - making the MOD change names - alone! My father; Jack (Topper) Brown of The Dukes (1914-1955) joined The Dukes at 17 years old, was signed in by brother-in-law, went in a regular soldier. He wouldn’t have left the army, only in 1945 he was honourably discharged on medical grounds (he had a brain tumour). He thought very highly of the British Army. I just wonder what he would say today; while total anarchy seems to reign in this time! One may have anything, but without order there is nothing.
Mrs H Fielden
It seems men mean nothing
Whilst reading the Courier on-line, and keeping up-to-date with what is happening in my hometown of Halifax, I was astounded and really saddened to read about the loss of the Duke of Wellington’s regimental title, under the restructuring process of the Yorkshire Regiment. The loss is a sad and devastating blow for Halifax, with whom the regiment is synonymous. It feels like the men who served, and are still serving in the regiment, mean nothing to the powers that be. My dad, Roy Bedford, served as a Private in the Duke of Wellingtons Regiment and fought in the Korean War (1952-56), and was immensely proud to be part of a well known, well respected and close regiment, and all that it stood for, and still stands for. When the Dukes recently had their homecoming parade through Halifax, you could tell by the reception that they received, just how proud the people of Halifax were of ‘their lads’. Now all that is going to be taken away from the people of Halifax, and Halifax as a whole, when the restructuring takes place, and the Dukes is no more. Not only is the name to go, but also its colours are to be laid up.The ‘Dukes’ are the only regiment to have 4 colours awarded to them for their actions in battles. Yes, the loss of its own regiment will be a very sad day for Halifax, but we’re Yorkshire, and we’re proud, and we don’t forget our own!