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
FAVOURS THE BRAVE
The Duke of Wellington's Regiment website