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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) and one Army Reserve Infantry Battalion (the 4th). Currently, our battalions are in Warminster, Catterick and the reserve battalion in York. We have a display team in Yorkshire and further afield instructors around the country, Europe and worldwide.
We recruit soldiers with a strong sense of unity and high sporting prowess from Yorkshire and the rest of the UK. The Regiment is founded on more than 300 years of Yorkshire Warrior tradition and united by common values, history and home.

We represent all that is best in the Army, in professionalism, in role, on operations, for career, for sport and for family. We are the best because our soldiers are the best.

Our ethos reflects a sense of belonging to Yorkshire and the common values of honesty, fairness, grit and pride. This Regiment is a strong, inclusive and meritocratic family that draws from the best military traditions of our forebear regiments.

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 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 engages in competitive sport and challenging adventure training which we believe is key in strengthening our teams and their commitment to prevail on today's battlefield. Therefore, we seek men with physical and mental robustness to succeed on operations as well as to make the most of all that the Army has to offer in its widest sense.

This Regiment has an exceptional rugby heritage as well as excelling at football, boxing, cross-country, cricket and skiing and we continue to mount challenging adventure training expeditions.

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).

Victoria Cross and George Cross

Thirty-Eight Victoria Crosses and eight George Crosses have been awarded to soldiers from our antecedent regiments. 

The Victoria Cross (VC) is awarded to 'those officers or men who served us in the presence of the enemy and that shall have performed some single act of valour or devotion to the country'. The George Cross (GC) is the civilian counterpart of the Victoria Cross and it is the highest honour that can be awarded for civilians or to military personnel for gallant conduct when not in the face of the enemy.

Our first Victoria Cross recipient was Private John Lyons VC - 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.

The most recent recipient was Lieutenant Terence Waters GC - The West Yorkshire Regiment (The Prince of Wales's Own) (14th Foot) - who received a George Cross posthumously for displaying the highest gallantry as a prisoner during the Korean War. The North Koreans food and medical supplies as a tool to persuade the prisoners to defect (as propaganda) and despite initial rejections Lieutenant Waters ordered his men to submit, in order to survive. Despite efforts to subvert him, he refused and died a short time later.

Battle Honours

The regiment boasts over 280 battle honours across our antecedent regiments.

The first honour is [the siege of] Namur of 1695, in which 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's battle honour is listed on the Yorkshire Regiment's Regimental Colours.

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

Visit our Regimental History page for more details

Cap Badge and TRF

The Yorkshire Regment'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.  The whole badge is set upon the Brunswick green backing of the Green Howards.

Our Tactical Recognition Flash (TRF) worn on the right sleeve, comprise horizontal bands of the three regiment colours (Brunswick green, black and scarlet), overlaid by the white rose of Yorkshire.

Regimental Footprint - Our Home

The Regimental Headquarters (RHQ), Army Reserve and Army Cadet Force (ACF) / Combined Cadet Force (CCF) footprint is essential to maintaining the Regiment and ethos. RHQ continues to develop and maintain close links with the community and provide support to the Associations.

RHQ is situated in York with Area Offices in Huddersfield, Richmond and York. The Affiliation with our ACF and CCF detachments is maintained and, where possible, training sponsorship enhanced.

Affiliated Cadet Forces

The Yorkshire Regiment has a large 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 Three: 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 place: Under the Captain of our Salvation: Jesus Christ our Lord.

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