Arnold Loosemore


[London Gazette, 14 Sept. 1917] : " Arnold Loosemore, No. 15805, Sergt., 8th Battn. West Riding Regt. For most conspicuous bravery and initiative during the attack on a strongly-held enemy position. His platoon having been checked by heavy machine-gun fire, he crawled through partially-cut wire, dragging his Lewis gun with him, and single-handed dealt with a strong party of the enemy, killing about twenty of them, and thus covering the consolidation of the position taken up by his platoon. Immediately afterwards his Lewis gun was blown up by a bomb, and three enemy rushed for him, but he shot them all with his revolver. Later he shot several enemy snipers, exposing himself to heavy fire each time. On returning to the original post he also brought back a wounded comrade under heavy fire at the risk of his life. He displayed throughout an utter disregard of danger."
Henry Kelly


[London Gazette, 25 Nov. 1916] : " Henry Kelly, Temporary Second Lieut., 10th Battn. West Riding Regt. He showed the utmost valour in an attack on Flers line, immediately south-west of Le Sars, on the 4th Oct. 1916. He twice rallied his company under the heaviest fire, and eventually led the only three available men of his company into the enemy's trench, remaining there bombing until two of his men became casualties and enemy reinforcements arrived from the rear. He then carried his wounded Company Sergeant-Major back to our trenches, a distance of 70 yards, and subsequently three others." (Kelly was also awarded the MC and bar)
Henry Tandey


 [London Gazette, 14 Dec. 1918] : " H. Tandey, D.C.M., M.M., No. 34506, Private, 5th Battn. West Riding Regt. (Territorial Force) (Leamington). For most conspicuous bravery and initiative during the capture of the village and the crossings at Marcoing, and the subsequent counter-attack on 28 Sept. 1918. When, during the advance on Marcoing, his platoon was held up by machine-gun fire, he at once crawled forward, located the machine gun, and with a Lewis gun team knocked it out. On arrival at the crossings he restored the plank bridge under a hail of bullets, thus enabling the first crossing to be made at this vital spot. Later in the evening, during an attack, he, with eight comrades, was surrounded by an overwhelming number of Germans, and though the position was apparently hopeless, he led a bayonet charge through them, fighting so fiercely that 37 of the enemy were driven into the hands of the remainder of his company. Although twice wounded, he refused to leave till the fight was won."
Arthur Poulter

No. 24066 Pte. Arthur Poulter, W. Rid. R.
(Wortley, Leeds).
For most conspicuous bravery when acting as a stretcher-bearer, at Erquinghem-Lys, on the 10th of April, 1918.

On ten occasions Pte. Poulter carried badly wounded men on his back to a safer locality, through a particularly heavy artillery and machine-gun barrage.  Two of these were hit a second time whilst on his back. Again, after a withdrawal over the river had been ordered, Pte. Poulter returned in full view of the enemy who were advancing, and carried back another man who had been left behind wounded. He bandaged up over forty men under fire, and his conduct throughout the whole day was a magnificent example to all ranks. This very gallant soldier was subsequently seriously wounded when attempting another rescue in the face of the enemy. LG 25/6/18

James Palmer Huffam

 London Gazette, 26 Dec. 1918 :
  "James Palmer Huffam Second Lieut., 5th, attached 2nd, Battn. Duke of Wellington's West Riding Regt. For most conspicuous bravery and devotion to duty on the 31st Aug. 1918. With three men he rushed an enemy machine-gun post and put it out of action. His post was then heavily attacked, and he withdrew fighting, carrying back a wounded comrade. Again, in the night of 31 Aug. 1918, at Saint Servin's Farm, accompanied by two men only, he rushed an enemy machine gun, capturing eight prisoners and enabling the advance to continue. Throughout the whole fighting from 29 Aug. to 1 Sept. 1918, he showed the utmost gallantry."
James Bergin

James Bergin, Private,
 33rd Duke of Wellington's Regiment
AT the storming of Magdala, under Sir Robert Napier, April 13, 1868, Bergin was one of the first to force his way through the defences of the town.
Born at Killbricken, Queen's County, Ireland, June 29, 1845. Enlisted in the 10th Regiment, 1862, the following year volunteering into the 108th, with which he sailed for India in 1863. In 1867 transferred into the 33rd, with which he served through the Abyssinian War. Later served in the 78th Highlanders.
Michael Magner

Michael Magner
Drummer, 33rd Duke of Wellington's Regiment
ASSOCIATED with James Bergin in a most heroic and courageous action at the storming of Magdala, Abyssinia, on April 13, 1868. He and Bergin were the first two men to enter the city, after meeting with very severe difficulties.


Medals of the Regiments:
The Duke of Wellington's (West Riding Regiment)

The Duke of Wellington's (West Riding Regiment) cap badge
The cap badge in use from 1898. This one in bi-metal also produced in anodised aluminium.
(Kipling and King reference 642)

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 The Duke of Wellington's (West Riding Regiment)
1702 - 2006
pre 1881post 1881
33rd (The Duke of Wellington's) Regiment of Foot 1st Battalion the Duke of Wellington's
 (West Riding Regiment)
76th Regiment of Foot 2nd Battalion the Duke of Wellington's
(West Riding Regiment)
Earliest recognised formation: 33rd Regiment; 1702 when raised as Huntingdon's Regiment.
76th Regiment; 1787
Motto: Virtutis fortuna comes = Fortune favours the brave.
Regimental Journal:  The Iron Duke.
WWI:Battle Honours; 63Victoria Crosses; 5Died; 7870
WWII:    Battle Honours; 21Victoria Crosses;  1Died; ???
Amalgamated:2006, with the Prince of Wales's Own Regiment of Yorkshire and the Green Howards to form the Yorkshire Regiment (14th/15th, 19th, and 33rd/76th Foot)

Fourth Mysore War 1799  33rd Regiment

Seringapatam Medal 1799 (Honourable East India Company)


Battle Honour: Seringapatam


Second Mahratta War 1803-05. 76th Regiment

Army of India Medal 1799 - 1826


Battle of Delhi

Battle of Deig

Capture of Deig




Note: a "survivors only" medal issued many years after the campaign, hence the low numbers.

Battle Honours: Ally Ghur; Delhi 1803; Leswarree; Deig.


Peninsula War 1808 - 1814 76th Regiment

Military General Service Medal 1793 - 1814 clasps:






total medals



*Single Clasp Medal Toulouse to Private William Oliver.

Battle Honours: Corruna; Nieve; Peninsula.


Battle of Waterloo 1815 33rd Regiment

Waterloo Medal 1815




Crimean War  1854 - 1856  33rd Regiment 

Crimea Medal 1854 -56

Clasp: →..none...




Total Medals

Battle Casualties;

Action.KilledDied of Wounds'Wounded'Dangerously
Battle of Alma551194---1251
First bombardment of Sebastopol, first battle of Inkermann and minor actions1120--4-26
Battle of Inkermann11-501-1164
Assault on the Quarries1---22-5
Final Attack on the Redan11--12714246
2nd, 3rd, 4th, & 5th Bombardments of Sebastopol and Minor Actions.202
(recorded as 'Wounded Mortally')
+1 POW
Magazine explosion at the French Siege Train2--257-16

Grand Total:     


Men who served in the Crimea also eligible for:

Turkish Crimea Medal 1855


Battle Honours:  Alma; Inkermann; Sevastopol.


India Mutiny 1857  33rd Regiment

India Mutiny Medal. 1857 -59


Abyssinian War 1867 - 68 33rd Regiment

Abyssinian Medal 1867 - 68


Battle Honour: Abyssinia

   VCs:  2   Manger and Bergin

1881; now titled "The Duke of Wellington's (West Riding Regiment)" (1st & 2nd Battalions)

Operations in Matabeleland and Rhodesia 1893 -1896 2nd Battalion

British South Africa Company Medal 1890 -1897

reverse/clasp:Matabeleland 1893Rhodesia 1896
numbers :54270

several medals awarded to odd men of the 1st battalion are not counted here.


South African War 1899 - 1902 or "Boer War"  1st Battalion. (January 1900 - end of the war)

Queen's South Africa Medal 1899-1902, with or without the King's South Africa Medal 1901 - 1902

Common clasps: Cape Colony, Orange Free State, Transvaal, South Africa 1901, South Africa 1902; also:

Relief of Kimberley




Three members of the regiment received the Relief of Ladysmith clasp: Captain A.M. Whittaker, 4701 Sergeant Major W. A. Sharpe & 3573 Private G. Longbottom

OfficersNCOs and Men
KIA & DOWWoundedMissing / POWKIA & DOWDeath from disease WoundedMissing / POW

Battle Honours: Relief of Kimberley; Paardeburg; South Africa 1900-1902.

VCs: 1, (see Boer War VC pageFirth )


The Great War 1914 - 1918  (raised 21 battalions; 15 served overseas:- )

Generally awarded the British War Medal & Victory Medal, most men overseas prior to 1/1/1916 also a 1914 or 1914-15 Star.

Battalion →1* 21/42/41/52/51/62/61/72/789101213
trans. to L.Corps
date of first overseas service.
 (first theatre red x )
France & Flanders xxxxxxxxxxxxxx
Gallipoli          x    
Egypt & Palestine          x    
Italy            x  
possible ?
1914 or 1914-15  x             
or 1914-15 only  x x x x xxx  
VCs at a glance         
Extracted from : "Soldiers / Officers Died in the Great War" (consider approximate - in addition 79 officers are recorded with 'battalion not shown' or with battalions not shown here )
figures for the 5th appear to be included with the 2/5thdeaths prior to transfer to labour corps

Territorial Force War Medal 1914-19
171 officers and men of the Duke of Wellington's (West Riding Regiment ) also qualified for this medal.

* The first battalion in India at the start, where it remained  for the duration.
** 1/5th absorbed the 2/5th to become the 5th on 30/1/18

RegularTerritorial ForceNew ArmiesGarrison.


Battle Honours: Mons; Marne 1914, 1918; Ypres 1914, 1915,E 1917; Hill 60; Somme 1916, 1918; Arras 1917, 1918; Cambrai 1917, 1918; Lys; Piave; Landing at Suvla. Le Cateau; Retreat from Mons; Aisne 1914; La Bassée 1914; Nonni Bosschen; Gravenstafel; St Julien; Aubers; Albert 1916, 1918; Bazentin; Delville Wood; Pozières; Flers-Courcelette; Morval; Thiepval; Le Transloy; Ancre . Heights; Scarpe 1917, 1918; Arleux; Bullecourt; Messines 1917, 1918; Langemarck 1917; Menin Road; Polygon Wood; Broodseinde; Poelcapelle; Passchendaele; St Quentin; Ancre 1918; Estaires; Hazebrouck; Bailleul; Kemmel; Béthune; Scherpenberg; Tardenois; Amiens; Bapaume 1918; Drocourt-Quéant; Hindenburg Line; Havrincourt; Epéhy; Canal du Nord; Selle; Valenciennes; Sambre; France and Flanders 1914-18; Vittorio Veneto; Italy 1917-18; Suvla; Scimitar Hill; Gallipoli 1915; Egypt 1916.

VCs; 5: HuffamPoulterTandey,   Kelly  &  Loosmore.


Third Afghan War 1919. 1st Battalion

India General Service Medal 1908

Afghanistan N.W.F. 1919

Battle Honour: Afghanistan 1919

Titled "The Duke of Wellington's Regiment  (West Riding)" 1920

Mohmand Campaign 1935 2nd Battalion.

India General Service Medal 1908

North West Frontier 1935

Operations on the North West Frontier 1936-39 2nd Battalion

India General Service Medal 1936-39


North  West Frontier 1937-36


WW2 1939 - 1945  

Battalion →1st2nd1/6th1/7th2/6th2/7th
campaign ↓      
France and
Belgium 1940.
(Dunkirk )
x   xx
North Africa & Middle Eastx     
Burma x    
Sicily / Italyx     
N.W. Europe  xx  


 3rd Inf. Bde.
In India at the start.
Became long range penetration force "Chindits"
23rd Inf Bde.
Served Iceland 27/6/40-18/4/42
147 Inf Bde.
137th Inf Bde. for France and Belgium 1940
 "6th" from 28/1/43"7th" from 28/1/43
 Landed NW Europe D-Day+5

WW2 Stars common to the Battalion. (excluding 39-45 star )
 Key: A = Africa, P = Pacific, B =  Burma, I = Italy,  F&G = France and Germany

Stars:-A, I.B F&G F&G--
VCs at a glance     

Most also entitled to the 1939-45 War Medal and many the Defence Medal


Battle Honours: Dunkirk 1940; St Valéry-en-Caux; Fontenay le Pesnil; North-West Europe 1940, 1944-5; Djebel Bou Aoukaz; Anzio; Monte Ceco; Sittang 1942; Chindits 1944; Burma 1942-4. Tilly sur Seulles; Banana Ridge; Medjez Plain; Gueriat el Atach Ridge; Tunis; North Africa 1943; Campoleone; Rome; Italy 1943-5; Paungde; Kohima.

VCs:  1  Burton


Jewish / Arab unrest, Palestine 1945 - 48 1st Battalion

General Service Medal 1918 -62


Palestine 1945-48

Regulars reduced to a single battalion (the 1st ) 1948

Korean War 1950 - 1953 1st Battalion

Queen's Korea Medal

Casualties / Honours and Awards.  (extracted from "The 38th Parallel" Peter Gaston: Pub A.D. Hamilton Glasgow 1976  and the separate POW roll compiled by the same individual )


CasualtiesKIA or DOWWoundedPOW
Honours and Awards:MBEDSOMCMMUS Bronze Star
number:21+1 bar8 +1 bar71

Battle Honours : The Hook;  Korea.


The Cyprus Emergency 1955 - 1960  1st Battalion (1956-57)

General Service Medal 1918-62




Northern Ireland "The Troubles"  1969-2007 1st Battalion (numerous tours 1971 -2000 )

General Service Medal 1962-


Northern Ireland


Gulf War to liberate Kuwait  1990-1991 detachment, 1st Battalion (Bandsmen deployed with 1st Armoured Field Ambulance RAMC)

Gulf Medal 1990-91

16th Jan to 28th Feb 1991



Iraq War, or Second Gulf War 2003- and aftermath  1st Battalion: Operation Telic 1( 2003 Invasion of Iraq) & Operation Telic 5 (2004-5)

Iraq Medal 2003-

19th Mar to Apr 2003

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Selected Links

The Regimental Museum. (Located in )


Selected Bibliography;

J. J. FisherHistory of the Duke of Wellington's West Riding Regiment (The Iron Duke's Own) during the First Three Years of the Great War from August 1914 to December 1917. 152 pp. [Halifax: Exors. of Geo. T. Whitehead, printer, 1917]
Edited by Brig. C. N. BarclayThe History of The Duke of Wellington's Regiment, 1919-1952. Produced under the direction of the Regimental Council. . 398 ppLondon: William Clowes and Sons Ltd. [1953].
Albert LeeHistory of the Thirty-Third Foot, Duke of Wellington's (West Riding) Regiment. 471 pp.Norwich: Jarrold & Sons Ltd., 1922
Lieut.-Col. F. A. Hayden.Historical Record of the 76th " Hindoostan" Regiment from its Formation in 1787 to 30th June, 1881.   275 pp.Lichfield: A. C. Lomax's Successors. 1908
Brig.-Gen. C. D. BruceHistory of The Duke of Wellington's Regiment [1st & 2nd Battalions], 1881-1923.  263 pp.London: The Medici Society Ltd. [1927].


Additional Bibliography for this Page.

Officers of the Regiment.Unpublished rolls in the care of the National Archives; WO 100/ etc. 
 other bibliography same as Northumberland Fusiliers page  



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