The West Yorkshire Regiment (The Prince of Wales's Own) [UK]
Authors and Contributors this page: T.F. Mills
Page created 15 July 2000. Corrected and updated 15.09.2003
The West Yorkshire Regiment (The Prince of Wales's Own)
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by James Robinson
United Kingdom 
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1685.06.22 Sir Edward Hales's Regiment of Foot
raised at Canterbury; also known until 1751 by the names of other colonels
1751.07.01 14th Regiment of Foot
1782.08.31 14th (Bedfordshire) Regiment of Foot
1809.05 14th (the Buckinghamshire) Regiment of Foot
exchanged county titles with 16th Foot
1876.06.06 14th (Buckinghamshire - The Prince of Wales's Own) Regiment of Foot
(named for the future King Edward VII)
1881.07.01 The Prince of Wales's Own (West Yorkshire Regiment)
reorganised as the county regiment of West Yorkshire, encompassing also its Militia and Volunteer infantry [see below]
1921.01.01 The West Yorkshire Regiment (The Prince of Wales's Own)
1958.04.25 amalgamated with The East Yorkshire Regiment (The Duke of York's Own), to form The Prince of Wales's Own Regiment of Yorkshire
The West Yorkshire Regiment, by Campbell Ricketts.
History of the Regiment (Canadian affiliate site)
2nd/14th 2nd Battalion Buckinghamshire Regiment of Foot [in Australia] 1867-1870, by B & M Chapman.
The West Yorkshire Regiment, by Chris Baker (The British Army in the Great War).
The West Yorkshire Regiment, by Brad Chappell (The Regimental Warpath 1914-1918)
RHQ and Depot:
  ? Depot Battalion [1856-1871]
  10th Brigade Depot at York [1873-1881]
  14th Regimental District at York [1881-1905]
  E Group at Catterick [1946-1948]
  Yorkshire Brigade at York [1948-1958]
    1st Battalion [1685-1958]
    2nd Battalion [1804-1816, 1858-1948]
    3rd Battalion [1813-1816]
2nd West York Regiment of Militia
4th West York Regiment of Militia
Territorials and Volunteers:
1st Volunteer Battalion [1881-1908]
2nd Volunteer Battalion [1881-1908]
3rd Volunteer Battalion [1881-1908]
5th Battalion [1908-1958]
6th Battalion [1908-1937]
7th Battalion (Leeds Rifles) [1908-1938, 1956-1958]
8th Battalion (Leeds Rifles) [1908-1936]
Namur 1695, Tournay, Corunna, India1,Java, Waterloo, Bhurtpore, Sevastopol, New Zealand2, Afghanistan 1879-80, Relief of Ladysmith, South Africa 1899-1902 

The Great War [31 battalions]:   Aisne 1914 '18, Armentières 1914, Neuve Chapelle, Aubers, Hooge 1915, Loos, Somme 1916 '18, Albert 1916 '18, Bazentin, Pozières, Flers-Courcelette, Morval, Thiepval, Le Transloy, Ancre Heights, Ancre 1916, Arras 1917 '18, Scarpe 1917 '18, Bullecourt, Hill 70, Messines 1917 '18, Ypres 1917 '18, Pilckem, Langemarck 1917, Menin Road, Polygon Wood, Poelcappelle, Passchendaele, Cambrai 1917 '18, St. Quentin, Rosières, Villers Bretonneux, Lys, Hazebrouck, Bailleul, Kemmel, Marne 1918, Tardenois, Amiens, Bapaume 1918, Drocourt-Quéant, Hindenburg Line, Havrincourt, Épéhy, Canal du Nord, Selle, Valenciennes, Sambre, France and Flanders 1914-18, Piave, Vittorio Veneto, Italy 1917-18, Suvla, Landing at Suvla, Scimitar Hill, Gallipoli 1915, Egypt 1915-16

The Second World War:  North-West Europe 1940, Jebel Dafeis, Keren, Ad Teclesan, Abyssinia 1914-41, Cauldron, Defence of Alamein Line, North Africa 1940-42, Pegu 1942, Yenangyaung 1942, North Arakan, Maungdaw, Defence of Sinzweya, Imphal, Bishenpur, Kanglatongbi, Meiktila, Caputre of Meiktila, Defence of Meiktila, Rangoon Road, Pyawbwe, Sittang 1945, Burma 1942-45

2nd West Yorkshire Militia:  Mediterranean
3rd Battalion (2nd West Yorkshire Militia)
:   Mediterranean 1901-02
5th, 6th Battalions:  South Africa 1900-02
7th, 8th Battalions:  see The Leeds Rifles

1.  the Royal Tiger badge superscribed "India", awarded for services in 1807-1831.
2.  awarded for services in 1860-1861 and 1863-1866.

1947.01.31 Maj-Gen. HRH Princess Mary, The Princess Royal, CI, GCVO, GBE, RRC, TD
1685.06.22 Lt-Gen. Sir Edward Hales, Bt.
1688.12.31 Col. William Beveridge
1692.11.14 Lt-Gen. John Tidcomb
1713.06.15 Lt-Gen. Jasper Clayton
1743.06.22 Brig-Gen. John Price
1747.12.01 Maj-Gen. Hon. William Herbert
1753.02.17 Maj-Gen. Edward Braddock
1755.11.12 Lt-Gen. Thomas Fowke
1756.09.07 Maj-Gen. Charles Jeffereys
1765.05.31 Lt-Gen. Hon. William Keppel
1775.10.18 Gen. Robert (Cuninghame), 1st Lord Rossmore
1787.04.04 Lt-Gen. John Douglas
1789.08.27 Col. George (Waldegrave), 4th Earl Waldegrave
1789.11.18 Gen. George Hotham
1806.02.08 Gen. Sir Henry (Calvert), Bt., GCB, GCH
1826.09.06 Gen. Thomas (Graham), 1st Lord Lynedoch, GCB, GCMG
1834.12.12 Gen. Hon. Sir Charles Colville, GCB, GCH
1835.03.25 Gen. Hon. Sir Alexander Hope, GCB
1837.05.24 Gen. Sir James Watson, KCB
1862.08.13 Gen. Sir William Wood, KCB, KH
1870.08.09 Gen. Maurice Barlow, CB
1875.04.13 Gen. James Webber Smith, CB
1879.01.01 Gen. Sir Alfred Hastings Horsford, GCB
1880.11.21 Gen. Alfred Thomas Heyland, CB
1897.05.27 Gen. Sir Martin Andrew Dillon, GCB, CSI
1904.02.20 Maj-Gen. William Hanbury Hawley
1914.02.28 Maj-Gen. Sir William Fry, KCVO, CB
1934.03.21 F.M. Sir Cyril John Deverall, GCB, KBE
1947.05.12 F.M. Sir William Joseph (Slim), 1st Viscount Slim, KG, GCB, GCMG, GCVO, GBE, DSO, MC
1956.08.06 Brig. Gerald Hilary Cree, CBE, DSO
Victoria Crosses, by Mike Chapman (VC Reference).
VCs in the Prince of Wales's Own Regiment of Yorkshire Regimental Museum, by Iain Stewart.
Motto: Nec aspera terrent
Anniversaries: Imphal (22 June)
Miscellaneous Tradition Links:

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Prince of Wales's Own Regiment of Yorkshire Museum, York (Army Museums Ogilby Trust)
Prince of Wales's Own Regiment of Yorkshire Museum, York (Simonides listing)
Regimental Journal:
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