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Unit History: West Yorkshire Regiment

The Regiment was first formed in1685 as the ‘Hales Regiment of Foot’ during the Monmouth Rebellion, when James Scott the 1st Duke of Monmouth (the eldest illegitimate son of Charles II and the current King’s nephew) unsuccessfully attempted to overthrow the unpopular King James II, but his small force was swiftly put down at the Battle of Sedgemoor.

In 1688 Prince William of Orange was invited to take the throne by the English Lords and upon his arrival in England James II abdicated, and the Regiment’s colonel Sir Edward Hales fled with him into exile. The Regiment saw its first actions serving King William III, during the Nine Years War fighting at the Siege of Namur (1695). It was in action in Scotland when James Stuart (son of the deposed James II) raised the Scottish Clans in rebellion against and attempted to retake the crown. The Regiment was on garrison duty in Gibraltar for 15 years and present at the Great Siege of Gibraltar in 1727 during the Anglos-Spanish War. The Regiment returned to Scotland during the Second Jacobite Rebellion when Bonnie Prince Charlie (the grandson of James II) attempted to regain the lost crown and the Regiment fought at the Battles of Falkirk and Culloden.

In 1751 the Regimental naming system was simplified, instead of naming after the current colonel, each Regiment was assigned a ranked number according to the precedence therefore the Regiment became the 14th Regiment of Foot. The 14th then spent another 8 years garrisoned at Gibraltar. In 1766 it was deployed to the Americas serving in Nova Scotia and Boston later moving to the West Indies for three years from 1772. The 14th returned to North America during the American War of Independence (1775–1783) fighting at the Battle of Great Bridge (1775) however in 1776 the Regiment was depleted by disease and combat and the remaining men were posted to reinforce other Regiments while the Officers returned to England to recruit.

In 1782 all British Regiments without Royal titles were awarded county titles in order to aid recruitment therefore the 14th became the 14th (Bedfordshire) Regiment. During the French Revolutionary Wars the 14th fought at the Battles of Lille and Famars, it is the only Regiment to have won its Regimental march in battle; ‘Ca Ira’ is a French Revolutionary song and the 14th attacked the French while playing Ça Ira. In 1895 the 14th returned to the West Indies for 8 years taking part in the bloodless invasion of Trinidad. A second battalion was raised in 1804 which took part in the unsuccessful Walcheren Expedition (1809) during the War of the Fifth Coalition (1809) and the Battle of Waterloo (1815), before garrisoning the Ionian Islands and later disbanded. In 1807 the 1st battalion was deployed to India and remained in foreign campaigns until 1831 including; Capture of Java from the Dutch (1811) and fighting during the Jat War (1825-26). After postings to the West Indies, Canada and Malta the Regiment served during the Crimean War (1853–1856).

In 1876 the Prince of Wales presented new colours and the title of the ‘Prince of Wales’s Own’ to the 14th which became the 14th (Buckinghamshire - The Prince of Wales’s Own) Regiment of Foot. The Regiment then went on to serve in New Zealand during the Third Maori Land Wars (1860-66) and the Second Anglo-Afghan War (1879-80).

In 1881 the Childers Reforms restructured the British army infantry into a network of multi-battalion Regiments each having two regular and two militia battalions. The Regiment managed to avoid amalgamation with any other Regiment and was re-titled as "The Prince of Wales's Own (West Yorkshire Regiment). The newly named Regiment went onto served on the Gold Coast of Africa in 1895, the Boer War (1899-1902) and two World Wars.

In 1959 the Regiment was merged with the East Yorkshire Regiment to form the Prince of Wales’s Own Regiment of Yorkshire. In 2006 the Regiment was further amalgamated with The Green Howards and The Duke of Wellington's Regiment to form The Yorkshire Regiment.

West Yorkshire Regiment during WW1

Since 1815 the balance of power in Europe had been maintained by a series of treaties. In 1888 Wilhelm II was crowned ‘German Emperor and King of Prussia’ and moved from a policy of maintaining the status quo to a more aggressive position. He did not renew a treaty with Russia, aligned Germany with the declining Austro-Hungarian Empire and started to build a Navy rivalling that of Britain. These actions greatly concerned Germany’s neighbours, who quickly forged new treaties and alliances in the event of war. On 28th June 1914 Franz Ferdinand the heir to the Austro-Hungarian throne was assassinated by the Bosnian-Serb nationalist group Young Bosnia who wanted pan-Serbian independence. Franz Joseph's the Austro-Hungarian Emperor (with the backing of Germany) responded aggressively, presenting Serbia with an intentionally unacceptable ultimatum, to provoke Serbia into war. Serbia agreed to 8 of the 10 terms and on the 28th July 1914 the Austro-Hungarian Empire declared war on Serbia, producing a cascade effect across Europe. Russia bound by treaty to Serbia declared war with Austro-Hungary, Germany declared war with Russia and France declared war with Germany. Germany’s army crossed into neutral Belgium in order to reach Paris, forcing Britain to declare war with Germany (due to the Treaty of London (1839) whereby Britain agreed to defend Belgium in the event of invasion). By the 4th August 1914 Britain and much of Europe were pulled into a war which would last 1,566 days, cost 8,528,831 lives and 28,938,073 casualties or missing on both sides.

The Regiment raised 35 Battalions and was awarded 57 Battle Honours and 4 Victoria Crosses, losing 12,700 men during the course of the war.

1st Battalion
04.08.1914 Stationed at Lichfield as part of the 18th Brigade of the 6th Division then moved to Dunfermline and then Cambridge.
10.09.1914 Mobilised for war and landed at St. Nazaire and engaged in various actions on the Western Front including;
1914
The actions on the Aisne heights.
1915
The action at Hooge.
1916
The Battle of Flers-Courcelette, The Battle of Morval, The Battle of Le Transloy.
1917
The Battle of Hill 70, The Cambrai operations.
1918
The Battle of St Quentin, The Battle of Bailleul, The First Battle of Kemmel Ridge, The Second Battle of Kemmel Ridge, The Advance in Flanders, The Battle of Epehy, The Battle of the St Quentin Canal, The Battle of Beaurevoir, The Battle of Cambrai 1918, The pursuit to the Selle, The Battle of the Selle.
11.11.1918 Ended the war at Fresnoy N.E. of St. Quentin.

2nd Battalion
04.08.1914 Stationed at Malta.
14.09.1914 Embarked for England arriving at Southampton and moved to Hursley Park, Winchester to join the 23rd Brigade of the 8th Division.
05.11.1914 Mobilised for war and landed at Havre and engaged in various actions on the Western Front including;
1915
The Battle of Neuve Chapelle, The Battle of Aubers, The action of Bois Grenier.
1916
The Battle of Albert.
1917
The German retreat to the Hindenburg Line, The Battle of Pilkem, The Battle of Langemarck.
1918
The Battle of St Quentin, The actions at the Somme crossings, The Battle of Rosieres, The actions of Villers-Bretonneux, The Battle of the Aisne 1918, The Battle of the Scarpe, The Final Advance in Artois.
11.11.1918 Ended the war at Tertre west of Mons, Belgium.

3rd (Reserve) Battalion
04.08.1914 Stationed at York then moved to Whitley Bay where it remained throughout the war.

4th (Extra Reserve) Battalion
04.08.1914 Stationed at York and then moved to Falmouth and then to Redcar.
April 1916 Moved to West Hartlepool where it remained.

1/5th 1/6th & 1/7th Battalion Territorial Forces
04.08.1914 The 1/5th stationed at York, the 1/6th stationed at Bradford and the 1/7th stationed at Leeds, all as part of the 1st West Riding Brigade of the West riding Division then moved to Selby and then Strensall and back to York.
Mar 1915 Moved to Gainsborough.
15.04.1915 Mobilised for war and landed at Boulogne.
15.05.1915 Formation became the 146th Brigade of the 49th Division which engaged in various actions on the Western Front including;
1915
The Battle of Aubers Ridge, The defence against the first Phosgene attack.
1916
The Battle of Albert, The Battle of Bazentin Ridge, The Battle of Pozieres Ridge, The Battle of Flers-Courcelette.
1917
Operations on the Flanders Coast (Hush), The Battle of Poelcapelle.
1918
The Battle of Estaires, The Battle of Messines, The Battle of Bailleul, The First Battle of Kemmel Ridge, The Second Battle of Kemmel Ridge, The Battle of the Scherpenberg, The pursuit to the Selle, The Battle of the Selle, The Battle of Valenciennes.
11.11.1918 Ended the war at Evin-Malmaison north of Douai, France.

1/8th Battalion (Leeds Rifles) Territorial Forces
04.08.1914 Stationed at Leeds.
as part of the 1st West Riding Brigade of the West riding Division then moved to Selby and then Strensall and back to York.
Mar 1915 Moved to Gainsborough.
15.04.1915 Mobilised for war and landed at Boulogne.
15.05.1915 Formation became the 146th Brigade of the 49th Division which engaged in various actions on the Western Front including;
1915
The Battle of Aubers Ridge, The defence against the first Phosgene attack.
1916
The Battle of Albert, The Battle of Bazentin Ridge, The Battle of Pozieres Ridge, The Battle of Flers-Courcelette.
1917
Operations on the Flanders Coast (Hush), The Battle of Poelcapelle.
30.01.1918 Transferred to the 185th Brigade of the 62nd Division absorbing the 2/8th battalion to form the 8th Battalion.
1918
The Battle of Bapaume, The First Battle of Arras, The Battle of the Tardenois, The Battle of the Scarpe, The Battle of the Drocourt-Queant Line, The Battle of Havrincourt, The Battle of the Canal du Nord, The Battle of the Selle, The capture of Solesmes, The Battle of the Sambre.
11.11.1918 Ended the war at Mont Plaisir west of Maubeuge, France.

2/5th & 2/6th Battalion Territorial Force
28.09.1914 The 2/5th formed at York and the 2/6th formed at Bradford on the 12.09.1914, both then moved to Matlock to join the 185th Brigade of the 62nd Division.
May 1915 Moved to Thoresby Park and then Retford and then Newcastle.
Jan 1916 Moved to Salisbury Plain.
June 1916 Moved to Somerleyton near Lowestoft and then Bedford.
Jan1917 Mobilised for war and landed at Havre and engaged in various actions on the Western Front including;
1917
The Operations on the Ancre, The German retreat to the Hindenburg Line, The first attack on Bullecourt, The German attack on Lagnicourt, The Battle of Bullecourt, The actions on the Hindenburg Line, The Cambrai Operations.
31.01.1918 The 2/6th disbanded.
1918
The Battle of Bapaume, The First Battle of Arras, The Battle of the Tardenois.
13.08.1918 The 2/5th disbanded in Vauchelles area.

2/7th Battalion Territorial Forces
15.09.1914 Formed at Leeds then moved to Matlock to join the 185th Brigade of the 62nd division.
May 1915 Moved to Thoresby Park and then Retford and then Newcastle.
Jan 1916 Moved to Salisbury Plain
June 1916 Moved to Somerleyton near Lowestoft and then Bedford.
Jan1917 Mobilised for war and landed at Havre and engaged in various actions on the Western Front including;
1917
The Operations on the Ancre, The German retreat to the Hindenburg Line, The first attack on Bullecourt, The German attack on Lagnicourt, The Battle of Bullecourt, The actions on the Hindenburg Line, The Cambrai Operations.
1918
The Battle of Bapaume, The First Battle of Arras.
16.06.1918 Reduced to cadre and returned to England.
19.06.1918 Absorbed by the 18th battalion of the York & Lancaster Regiment at Brighton.

2/8th Battalion Territorial Forces
15.09.1914 Formed at Leeds then moved to Matlock to join the 185th Brigade of the 62nd division.
May 1915 Moved to Thoresby Park and then Retford and then Newcastle.
Jan 1916 Moved to Salisbury Plain.
June 1916 Moved to Somerleyton near Lowestoft and then Bedford.
Jan1917 Mobilised for war and landed at Havre and engaged in various actions on the Western Front including;
1917
The Operations on the Ancre, The German retreat to the Hindenburg Line, The first attack on Bullecourt, The German attack on Lagnicourt, The Battle of Bullecourt, The actions on the Hindenburg Line, The Cambrai Operations.
01.02.1918 Absorbed by the 1/8th battalion to form the 8th Battalion.

3/5th & 3/6th Battalion Territorial Force
25.03.1915 Formed at York and Bradford.
08.04.1916 Moved to Clipstone and became the 5th and 6th reserve battalions.
01.09.1916 The 5th absorbed the 6th as part of the West Riding Reserve Brigade Territorial Force.
Oct 1917 Moved to Rugeley, Cannock chase.
Summer 1918 Moved to Suffolk and then Southend.

3/7th & 3/8th Battalion Territorial Force
25.03.1915 Formed at Leeds.
08.04.1916 Moved to Clipstone and became the 7th and 8th Reserve Battalions.
01.09.1916 The 8th absorbed the 7th as part of the West Riding Reserve Brigade Territorial Force.
Autumn 1917 Moved to Rugeley, Cannock chase.
1918 Moved to Ireland and then Clonmaney, County Donegal as part of the 27th Reserve Brigade.

9th (Service) Battalion
25.08.1914 Formed at York as part of the first New Army (K1) and moved to Belton Park, Grantham as part of the 32nd Brigade of the 11th Division.
April 1915 Moved to Witley Camp, Godalming
03.07.1915 Embarked for Gallipoli from Liverpool via Mudros.
06.08.1915 Landed at Suvla Bay and engaged in various actions against the Turkish Army including;
The Battle of Sari Bair.
20.12.1915 Evacuated from Gallipoli to Egypt due to severe casualties from combat, disease and harsh weather.
07.02.1916 Arrived in Egypt and took over part of the Suez Canal defences.
01.07.1916 Moved to France landing at Marseilles and engaged in various actions on the Western Front including;
The capture of the Wundt-Werk, The Battle of Flers-Courcelette, The Battle of Thiepval.
1917
Operations on the Ancre, The Battle of Messines, The Battle of the Langemarck, The Battle of Polygon Wood, The Battle of Broodseinde, The Battle of Poelcapelle.
13.11.1917 Absorbed 400 men of all ranks from the Yorkshire Hussars to become the 9th (Yorkshire Hussars Yeomanry) Battalion.
1918
The Battle of the Scarpe, The Battle of the Drocourt-Quant Line, The Battle of the Canal du Nord, The Battle of Cambrai 1918, The pursuit to the Selle, The Battle of the Sambre.
11.11.1918 Ended the war Bettignies north of Maubeuge, France.

10th (Service) Battalion
03.09.1914 Formed at York and then moved to Wareham as part of the 50th Brigade of the 17th Division.
May 1915 Moved to Romsey.
14.07.1915 Mobilised for war and landed at Boulogne and engaged in various actions on the Western Front including;
1915
Holding the front lines in southern area of Ypres salient.
1916
The Battle of Albert, The Battle of Delville Wood.
1917
The First Battle of the Scarpe, The Second Battle of the Scarpe, The Capture of Roeux, The First Battle of Passchendaele, The Second Battle of Passchendaele.
1918
The Battle of St Quentin, The Battle of Bapaume, The Battle of Amiens, The Battle of Albert, The Battle of Bapaume, The Battle of Havrincourt, The Battle of Epehy, The Battle of Cambrai 1918, The pursuit to the Selle, The Battle of the Selle, The Battle of the Sambre.
11.11.1918 Ended the war at Fontaine S.W. of Maubeuge, France.

11th (Service) Battalion
10.09.1914 Formed at York and then moved to Frensham as part of the 69th Brigade of the 23rd Division.
01.12.1914 Moved to Oudenarde Barracks, Aldershot.
Feb 1915 Moved to Folkestone & Maidstone and then Bramshot.
26.08.1915 Mobilised for war and landed at Havre and engaged in various actions on the Western Front including;
1915
Trench familiarisation as part of the 20th (Light) and 27th Divisions and then took control of the front line at Ferme Grande Flamengrie to the Armentieres-Wez Macquart road and at Bois Grenier.
1916
Relieved the French 17th Division in the Carency sector between the Boyau de l'Ersatz and the Souchez River. The German Attack on Vimy Ridge, The Battle of Albert, The Battle of Bazentin Ridge, The Battle of Pozieres, The Battle of Flers-Courcelette, The Battle of Morval, The Battle of Le Transloy, The capture of Le Sars.
1917
The Battle of Messines, The Battle of the Menin Road, The Battle of Polygon Wood, The First Battle of Passchendaele, The Second Battle of Passchendaele.
14.11.1917 Moved to Italy to strengthen Italian resistance after a recent disaster at the Battle of Caporetto and engaged various actions including;
The fighting on the Asiago Plateau, The Battle of Vittorio Veneto, The passage of the Piave and The Battle of Monticano.
04.11.1918 Ended the war near Porcia west of Pordenone, Italy.

12th (Service) Battalion
16.9.1914 Formed as part of the Third New Army (K3) and moved to Halton Park, as part of the 63rd Brigade of the 21st Division and then moved to Leighton Buzzard area.
May 1915 Moved to Halton Park and then Witley Park and then Godalming.
Sept 1915 Mobilised for war and landed at Havre.
16.11.1915 Transferred to the 9th Brigade of the 3rd Division which engaged in various actions on the Western Front including;
1916
The Actions of the Bluff and St Eloi Craters, The Battle of Albert, The Battle of Bazentin, The Battle of Delville Wood, The Battle of the Ancre.
1917
The First Battle of the Scarpe, The Second Battle of the Scarpe, The Battle of Arleux, The Third Battle of the Scarpe, The Battle of the Menin Road, The Battle of Polygon Wood, The Battle of Cambrai 1917.
17.02.1918 Disbanded and formed the 10th Entrenching Battalion with the 8th East Yorkshire Regiment.

13th (Reserve) Battalion
Oct 1914 Formed at York as a service battalion of the Fourth New Army (K4) as part of the 90th Brigade of the 30th Division.
10.04.1915 Moved to Harrogate and became a 2nd Reserve Battalion and the Brigade became the 2nd Reserve Brigade.
Oct 1915 Moved to Rugeley, Cannock Chase.
01.09.1916 Became the 8th Training Reserve Battalion.

14th (Reserve) Battalion
Nov 1914 Formed at Falmouth as a service Battalion of the Fourth New Army (K4) as part of the 103rd Brigade of the 34th Division.
Jan 1915 Moved to Penzance.
10.04.1915 Became a 2nd Reserve Battalion.
May 1915 Moved to Lichfield and then Brocton, Cannock Chase in the 3rd Reserve Brigade.
01.09.1916 Absorbed the Training Reserve battalions of the 3rd Reserve Brigade.

15th (Service) Battalion (1st Leeds)
Sept 1914 Formed at Leeds by the Lord Mayor and the City and then moved to Colsterdale.
June 1915 Moved to Ripon and joined the 93rd Brigade of the 31st Division.
10.08.1915 Taken over by the War Office and moved to Fovant, Salisbury Plain.
Dec 1915 Moved to Egypt and took over a section on the Suez Canal defences.
Mar 1916 Moved to France and engaged in various actions on the Western Front including;
The Battle of Albert, The Battle of the Ancre.
1917
Operations on the Ancre, The Third Battle of the Scarpe, The Capture of Oppy Wood.
07.12.1917 Amalgamated with the 17th Battalion to form the 15/17th Battalion;
1918
The Battle of St Quentin, The Battle of Bapaume, The First Battle of Arras, The Battle of Estaires, The Battle of Hazebrouck, The Defence of Nieppe Forest, The attack at La Becque, The capture of Vieux Berquin, The Battle of Ypres, The action of Tieghem.
11.11.1918 Ended the war at Renaix, Belgium.

16th (Service) Battalion (1st Bradford) & 18th (Service) Battalion (2nd Bradford)
Sept 1914 The 16th formed and the 18th Formed on 22.01.1915 at Bradford by the Lord mayor and the City.
Jan 1915 Moved to Skipton and then Ripon as part of the 93rd Brigade of the 31st Division
10.08.1915 Taken over by the War Office and moved to Fovant, Salisbury Plain.
Dec 1915 Moved to Egypt and took over a section on the Suez Canal defences.
Mar 1916 Moved to France and engaged in various actions on the Western Front including;
The Battle of Albert, The Battle of the Ancre.
1917
Operations on the Ancre, The Third Battle of the Scarpe, The Capture of Oppy Wood.
07.12.1917 The 16th amalgamated with the 17th Battalion to form the 15/17th Battalion.
15.02.1918 The 16th disbanded in France.
15.12.1918 The 17th disbanded in France.

17th (Service) Battalion (2nd Leeds)
Dec 1914 Formed at Leeds by the Lord Mayor and the City as a bantam battalion.
Jan 1915 Moved to Ilkley and then Skipton.
June 1915 Moved to Masham, Yorkshire and joined the 106th Brigade of the 35th Division.
27.08.1915 Taken over by the War Office and then moved to Salisbury Plain.
01.02.1916 Mobilised for war and landed at Havre and engaged in various actions on the Western front including;
1916
The Battle of Bazentin Ridge, The fighting for Arrow Head Copse and Maltz Horn Farm, The fighting for Falfemont Farm.
Following medical examination many bantam battalions were disbanded as many men were under weight and unfit.
1917
The pursuit of the German retreat to the Hindenburg Line, The fighting in Houthulst Forest, The Second Battle of Passchendaele.
16.11.1917 Left 35th Divisions for XIX Corps on railway work.
07.12.1917 Amalgamated with the 15th Battalion.

19th & 20th (Reserve) Battalions
Aug 1915 The 19th formed at Clipstone from the depot companies of the 15th & 17th battalions.
Aug 1915 The 20th formed at Clipstone from the depot companies of the 16th & 18th battalions both as local reserve battalions.
01.09.1916 Became the 88th & 89th Training Reserve Battalions of the 21st Reserve Brigade in Blyth area.

21st (Service) Battalion (Wool Textile Pioneers)
24.09.1915 Formed in West Riding by the Lord Mayor and the City of Leeds.
June 1916 Mobilised for war and landed in France, joining the 4th Division as a pioneer Battalion.
11.11.1918 Ended the war at Montignies area east of Valenciennes.

22nd (Labour) Battalion
April 1916 Formed at Millington near Pocklington.
May 1916 Mobilised for war and landed in France as part of the Fifth Army Troops.
May 1917 Became 18th & 19th Labour Companies of the Labour Corps.

1st Garrison Battalion
Aug 1915 Formed at Sheffield and went to Malta.

2nd (Home Service) Garrison Battalion
Mar 1916 Formed and stationed at Witley Bay.
Aug 1917 Became the 7th Battalion Royal Defence Corps.

51st (Graduated) Battalion
27.10.1917 Formed at Clipstone from the 242nd Graduated Battalion (previously the 10th Training Reserve Battalion) as part of the 207th Brigade of the 69th Division.
May 1918 Moved to Thoresby and then returned to Clipstone.

52nd (Graduated) Battalion
27.10.1917 Formed at Canterbury from the 277th Graduated Battalion (previously the 9th Training Reserve Battalion) as part of the 200th Brigade of the 67th Division.
Feb 1918 Moved to Clipstone and joined the 207th Brigade of the 69th Division.
May 1918 Moved to Thoresby and then returned to Clipstone.

53rd (Young Soldier) Battalion
27.10.1917 Formed at Rugeley, Cannock Chase from the 6th Young Soldier Battalion (previously the 13th West Yorkshire Regiment) as part of the Training Reserve of the 2nd Reserve Brigade. Later moved to Brocton and then back to Clipstone.

West Yorkshire Regiment during WW2

In 1942 2/5th Battalion West Yorkshire Regiment was converted to armour, becoming 113rd Regiment Royal Armoured Corps. They continued to wear their West Yorkshire cap badge on the black beret of the RAC.

Battle honours WWII:
North-West Europe 1940, Jebel Dafeis, Keren, Ad Teclesan, Abyssinia 1940-41, Cauldron, Defence of Alamein Line, North Africa 1940-42, Pegu 1942, Yenangyaung 1942, North Arakan, Maungdaw, Defence of Sinzweya, Imphal, Bishenpur, Kanglatongbi, Meiktila, Capture of Meiktila, Defence of Meiktila, Rangoon Road, Pyawbwe, Sittang 1945, Burma 1942-45





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