Ceremony marks end of historic ‘Dukes’ name

The Yorkshire Regiment is due to hold an Exchange of Colours parade in Wiltshire, on Thursday 25 July 2013, as it reorganises as part of Army 2020.'�'The 3rd Battalion The Yorkshire Regiment (3 YORKS) in Warminster will renumber to become The 1st Battalion The Yorkshire Regiment (1 YORKS). The 2nd Battalion The Yorkshire Regiment (2 YORKS) will remain in Cyprus. These changes were announced by the Secretary of State for Defence back in March of this year. The Honorary Colours, awarded to 76th of Foot for service in India, and held by the Duke of Wellington's Regiment - the antecedent Regiment to the Yorkshire Regiment - will be shared between the two new battalions of the Yorkshire Regiment on an annual rotation. '�'The Army 2020 future force structure positions the Yorkshire Regiment at the heart of the Army's capabilities, with 1 YORKS based in Warminster on the edge of Salisbury Plain on a high-readiness rotation to react to any future conflict. It will be equipped with the battle-proven Warrior Armoured F

The Yorkshire Regiment is due to hold an Exchange of Colours parade in Wiltshire, on Thursday 25 July 2013, as it reorganises as part of Army 2020.'�'The 3rd Battalion The Yorkshire Regiment (3 YORKS) in Warminster will renumber to become The 1st Battalion The Yorkshire Regiment (1 YORKS). The 2nd Battalion The Yorkshire Regiment (2 YORKS) will remain in Cyprus. These changes were announced by the Secretary of State for Defence back in March of this year. The Honorary Colours, awarded to 76th of Foot for service in India, and held by the Duke of Wellington's Regiment - the antecedent Regiment to the Yorkshire Regiment - will be shared between the two new battalions of the Yorkshire Regiment on an annual rotation. '�'The Army 2020 future force structure positions the Yorkshire Regiment at the heart of the Army's capabilities, with 1 YORKS based in Warminster on the edge of Salisbury Plain on a high-readiness rotation to react to any future conflict. It will be equipped with the battle-proven Warrior Armoured F

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One of the main Army units recruiting from South Yorkshire has started a new chapter in its history.

The Yorkshire Regiment’s Third Battalion, formerly the Duke of Wellington’s Regiment, has been merged with the two other battalions.

Officially, the former Second Battalion - the old Green Howards - has been axed as part of defence cuts.

The changes mean the old second battalion has been merged with the First and Third Battalions.

The old Third battalion has been renamed the First Battalion - with the historic Dukes name, still used for ceremonies, dropped.

The former First Battalion has been renumbered the Second Battalion.

The changes were marked officially with a parade at Battlesbury Barracks in Wiltshire, where the former Third Battalion is based.

The Duke of York, Prince Andrew, oversaw proceedings as Colonel-in-Chief of the regiment.

Before the merger, the Third Battalion held a series of parades in South Yorkshire last week to mark its freedom of Sheffield, Rotherham and Barnsley.

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