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About The Yorkshire Regiment

The Yorkshire Regiment (14th/15th, 19th and 33rd/76th Foot) comprises two Regular Army Infantry Battalions (1st and 2nd Bns) and one Army Reserve Infantry Battalion (the 4th Bn).  Our battalions are in Warminster, Catterick and the reserve battalion headquarters in York.  The Regiment, part of the King’s Division, offers unrivalled career and overseas posting opportunities for our young soldiers.

Today’s Yorkshire Regiment has been in existence for over ten years and has been built on the strong foundations and reputations of its famous antecedent Regiments.  Our continued presence in Yorkshire is key to strengthening our reputation as ‘The only County regiment in the British Army’.  Professionally we are a highly-regarded infantry regiment, a reputation gained from success on recent operations and at the highest levels of competitive sport.  We have some of the best soldiers in the world, honest, tough, straightforward and hard-working and recruited from Yorkshire, Teesside, elsewhere in the UK and from the Commonwealth.  Our young officers join us from some of the best universities in the country.  All have a strong sporting and family regiment ethos, ready for the leadership challenge of commanding Yorkshire soldiers on operations and inspiring them on the sports field.

As we move into our second decade, our focus is very much on the future.  We will continue to have two regular battalions with one always based ‘at home’ in Yorkshire.  Our regionally-based Army Reserve battalion is one of the best recruited in the British Army and we are committed to having three, fully manned, fully trained battalions, all equipped and prepared for operations, or to support the communities we serve.

Honorary Freedoms

The privilege of a 'Freedom' allows the Regiment to march through the Town or Borough with 'drums beating, Colours flying and bayonets fixed'.  The regiment exercises its freedom of these towns and supports regional Armed Forces Days on a rotational basis every summer.  This allows our soldiers to reconnect with their home county, their communities, family members and the veterans who are an important part of the YORKS regimental family.

The Yorkshire Regiment has been granted Freedom honours in the following locations:

  • York
  • Sheffield
  • Leeds
  • Bradford
  • Kingston-upon-Hull
  • Wakefield
  • Barnoldswick [in Lancashire]
  • Barnsley
  • Beverley (East Riding of Yorkshire)
  • Bridlington (East Riding of Yorkshire)
  • Halifax (Calderdale)
  • Harrogate
  • Huddersfield (Kirklees)
  • Middlesbrough
  • Redcar and Cleveland
  • Richmond
  • Rotherham
  • Scarborough
  • Skipton (Craven District)
  • Stockton on Tees
  • Warminster [in Wiltshire]

In 2015, the Regiment was also granted keys to the French town of Erquinghem-Lys.

Sport and Adventure Training

The Yorkshire Regiment excels at competitive sport which we believe is key to strengthening the bond between the men who make up our Platoons, Company’s and Battalions.  Our teams continue to be successful at the highest level of Army sport, especially in Soccer, Rugby Union and Rugby League.  From team sports to boxing, skiing, cross-country, cycling, mountain biking and moto cross, the opportunities to participate at all levels of sport and adventurous training are an integral to who we are and what we do.

Moto - "Fortune Favours The Brave"

The Yorkshire Regiment's moto "Fortune Favours The Brave" is taken from the family moto of our Deputy Colonel Colonel in Chief - Brigadier, His Grace, The 8th Duke of Wellington. The moto was previously used by the Duke of Wellington's Regiment (West Riding)(33rd/76th Foot).  Follow us at #FFTB

Victoria Cross

Thirty-eight Victoria Crosses have been awarded to soldiers from our family of antecedent regiments.  The Victoria Cross (VC) is awarded single acts of valour.  Our first VC recipient was Private John Lyons VC of the 19th (The 1st Yorkshire North Riding) Regiment of Foot who received his award for conspicuous gallantry in the trenches before Sevastopol on 10th June 1855.  He ran forward to pick up a shell that had landed nearby and threw it out, saving the lives of many of his comrades.

One of the most famous recipients was 2Lt John (Jack) Harrison who was a professional rugby league player.  Jack played for York Rugby League Club and his hometown team, Hull FC.  In the 1913-14 season Jack scored a record breaking 52 tries for Hull FC, including the winning try in the Challenge Cup final.  He joined the 11th (Hull Pals) Battalion East Yorkshire Regiment on 28th August 1916 and served with them in France.  He was awarded the Military Cross medal for gallantry on 25th February 1917, for leading a patrol of men into German trenches and capturing a prisoner, without any casualties.  On 3rd May 1917, Jack Harrison twice led his platoon in an attack on German forces at Oppy Wood.  After single-handedly attacking a machine gun post for the third time, Jack’s body was never found.  For his actions on this day he was awarded the Victoria Cross.

The Yorkshire Regiment is proud to have custody of five Victoria Crosses in its regimental museum in York.  www.yorkarmymuseum.co.uk

Battle Honours

The Yorkshire Regiment can boast over 280 battle honours across our famous antecedent regiments.  The first honour is [the siege of] Namur of 1695, when the French-occupied city was besieged by the grand Alliance of England, Bavaria and Spanish Netherlands.  The battle has been described as the most important event of the Nine Year's War.  This 14th Regiment of Foot battle honour is listed on The Yorkshire Regiment's Regimental Colours.

In the Great War of 1914-1918 the regiment raised a total of 103 battalions, which between them were awarded 218 battle honours.  In the Second World War the regiment raised 43 battalions and was awarded 96 battle honours, notably in the Burma and North Africa campaigns. 

Our most recent battle honour is from Iraq in 2003, when the 1st Battalion the Duke of Wellington's Regiment took part in Operation TELIC 1.

Cap Badge and Tactical Recognition Flash

The Yorkshire Regiment's cap badge comprises the White Rose of York from the Prince of Wales's Own Regiment of Yorkshire, the lion rampant from the Duke of Wellington's family crest and the whole badge is set upon the Brunswick Green backing of the Green Howards.  ‘One county, one regiment, one family’

Our Tactical Recognition Flash (TRF) is worn on the right sleeve and comprises the horizontal bands from the three regimental colours.  Black from the Prince of Wales's Own Regiment of Yorkshire, Brunswick Green from the Green Howards, Scarlet from The Duke of Wellingtons’ Regiment and all overlaid by the White Rose of Yorkshire.

Regimental Footprint - Yorkshire Our Home

The Regiment has been in existence for over ten years but has had its roots ‘at home’ in Yorkshire since 1881.  Our continued presence in Yorkshire is key to strengthening our unique county name and our reputation.  Regionally, we maintain strong relationships with local councils and their communities, sporting clubs, cadet and youth organizations and our veterans associations.

The Regimental Headquarters (RHQ) is situated in York with Area Offices in Huddersfield and Richmond.  We maintain a close affiliation with our YORKS cap-badged ACF and CCF detachments in the region, schools and higher education establishments including the University Officer Training Corps (UOTC).

Affiliated Cadet Forces

The Yorkshire Regiment has a significant number of affiliated Combined Cadet Force (CCF) contingents and Army Cadet Force Detachments (ACF) within our Regimental footprint and further afield.  There are nine CCF Contingents and forty-nine ACF Detachments in three Army Cadet Forces affiliated to the Regiment: Yorkshire (North and West) ACF; Humberside and South Yorkshire ACF; Cleveland ACF.

Allied Regiments and Bonds of Friendship

Allied Regiments

Les Voltigeurs de Quebec, The Royal Montreal Regiment, The Royal New Brunswick Regiment, The Rocky Mountain Rangers, The Queen’s York Rangers, 10th Battalion The Baloch Regiment (Pakistan), The Falkland Islands Defence Force.

Bonds of Friendship with Ships of The Royal Navy

HMS RICHMOND and HMS IRON DUKE

Unofficial Affiliations

The Company of Merchant Adventurers of York, The Company of Fellmongers of Richmond Yorkshire and HM Kongens Garde (Norway)

Regimental Collect

O Lord God, the shield and buckler of all that trust Thee: grant to The Yorkshire Regiment in its battalions and ranks the strength that fears no evil tidings, no desperate endeavours and no foe bodily or spiritual; but advances in Thy righteousness through all rough places, under the Captain of our Salvation, Jesus Christ our Lord.

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