Words of gratitude are still pouring in for the Duke of Wellington’s Regimental Memorial that stands proud in the centre of Halifax, Yorkshire. The sculpture encapsulating 304 years of the Regiment’s history was created by sculptor Andrew Sinclair MRSS and was unveiled earlier this year.
The target of £240,000 was raised over 18 months thanks to a number of fundraising events and generous donations. The aim was to create a legacy for the Regiment, fondly known as the ‘Dukes’, in a memorial recognising its 300-plus history, the 205,000 men who gave their lives for their country; the families who supported them and their importance to the town of Halifax and the West Riding of Yorkshire, from which the majority came.
The sculpture itself, which is 12ft tall and weighs 1.5 tonnes is focused around four soldiers, each representing a key moment in the Regiment’s history; a soldier from the War of Independence, a Sergeant from the Napoleonic War, a World War One Officer ‘going over the top’ and the modern soldier standing guard at the top of the edifice. The sculpture has been well received and support has been shown not only by the Regiment’s veterans, but notably by the residents of Halifax, home to the Dukes for over 250 years.