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Haworth History - Duke of Wellington Regiment


Duke of Wellington Regiment

 Havercake March 25 May 8 June 2002

The Duke of Wellington's Regiment celebrated 300 years of active service, marching through Settle, Silsden, Keighley, Cullingworth and were at Haworth on 29th May 2002.

The Duke of Wellington's regiment were formed when the 33rd Regiment of Foot and the 76th Regiment of Foot merged in 1881. The 33rd Regiment of Foot  were established on the 14th March 1702, in 1782 it became the 1st Yorkshire West Riding Regiment. It's at this time the soldiers became known as the Havercake Lads. Havercake is a bread made with oatmeal, water, salt and yeast.

At recruiting parades the recruiting sergeant would display a Havercake on top of his bayonet, this was to demonstrate to the new recruits that when they entered military service food would be guaranteed. During the Napoleonic war (1803-15) food had become scarce.

The Duke of Wellington's Regiment is unique in that it is named after someone who was not of royal blood.

Regimental Badge Regimental Badge

FORTUNE FAVOURS THE BRAVE

The Duke of Wellington's Regiment website here

Duke of Wellington Regiment. Click here for bigger picture.

Duke of Wellington Regiment. Click here for bigger picture.
Duke of Wellington Regiment. Click here for bigger picture.
Duke of Wellington Regiment. Click here for bigger picture.
Regimental insignia by kind permission from the Duke of Wellington Regiment.


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