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33rd (The Duke of Wellington's) Regiment of Foot
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1702.02.12 Earl of Huntingdon's Regiment of Foot
also known until 1751 by the names of other colonels
1751.07.01 33rd Regiment of Foot
1782.08.31 33rd (the 1st Yorkshire West Riding) Regiment of Foot
1853.06.28 33rd (The Duke of Wellington's) Regiment of Foot
so named by Queen Victoria nine months after the death of the 1st Duke of Wellington, the only regiment to bear the name of a commoner after 1782
1881.07.01 united with 76th Regiment of Foot, to become 1st Bn, The Duke of Wellington's (West Riding Regiment)
Regimental History [American Revolution; Georgia], by Buck Bannister.
33rd Duke of Wellington's Regiment of Foot, by Stephen Luscombe and Charles Griffin (The British Empire)
    [1st Battalion] [1702-1881]
    2nd Battalion [1756-1758]
Depot and Reserves:
  ? Depot Battalion [1856-1871]
  9th Brigade Depot at Halifax [1873-1881]
Mysore, Waterloo, Alma, Inkerman, Sevastopol, Abyssinia
Badges: The Duke of Wellington's Crest, with the motto 'Virtutis fortuna comes' (awarded 28 June 1853)

scarlet; facings: scarlet

1702.02.12 Col. George (Hastings), 8th Earl of Huntingdon
1703.03.02 Col. Henry Leigh
1705.02.12 Col. Robert Duncanson
1705.06.09 F.M. GeorgeWade
1717.03.19 Lt-Gen. Henry Hawley
1730.07.09 Lt-Gen. Robert Dalzell
1739.11.07 Lt-Gen. John Johnston
1753.11.20 Maj-Gen. Lord Charles Hay
1760.05.05 F.M. John Griffin Griffin (Whitwell), 4th Lord Howard de Walden, KB
1766.03.21 Gen. Charles (Cornwallis), 1st Marquess Cornwallis, KG
1806.01.30 F.M. Sir Arthur (Wellesley), 1st Duke of Wellington, KG, GCB, GCH
[note: the Dukes of Wellington did not become Colonel-in-Chief of the regt until 1974]
1813.01.01 Gen. Sir John Cope Sherbrooke, GCB
1830.02.22 Gen. Lord Charles Henry Somerset
1831.02.25 Gen. Sir Charles Wale, KCB
1845.04.04 Lt-Gen. Sir Henry Sheehy Keating, KCB
1847.09.28 Gen. Henry D'Oyly
1855.09.27 F.M. Sir Charles Yorke, GCB
1863.04.01 Gen. William Nelson Hutchinson
Victoria Crosses, by Mike Chapman (VC Reference).
VCs in the Duke of Wellington's Regimental Museum, by Iain Stewart.
Motto: Virtutis fortuna comes
Nicknames: The Havercake Lads (late 18th century, from practice of recruiting sergeants tempting recruits with oat cakes); The Pattern (for excellent discipline in American War of Independence); The Dukes.
Marches: quick: The Wellesley
Miscellaneous Tradition Links:


Colonel, Lord Cornwallis' Company of His Majesty King George the Third's 33rd Regiment of Foot [American Revolution; California], by Radford Polinksy.
The 33d Regiment of Foot Light Infantry Company [American Revolution; Georgia], by Buck Bannister.
XXXIII: His Majesty's 33rd Regiment of Foote 1758-1762 [Michigan], by Dennis Lennox II.
The Duke of Wellington's Regimental Museum, Halifax (Army Museums Ogilby Trust)
The Duke of Wellington's Regimental Museum, Halifax, by Henrik Teller (Simonides listing).
Regimental Journal:
Full Histories:
Lee, Albert. History of the Thirty-third Foot, Duke of Wellington's (West Riding) Regiment. Norwich : Printed by Jarrold & Sons, Ltd., the Empire Press, 1922.
Short Histories: