First A.G.M.

The first A.G.M. was March 13th, 1899, at the White Swan Hotel. Number of Veterans in the Association 41. A balance of 98.18s.11d was shown. It was announced that two local doctors had offered to attend future meetings. It was fully reported in the 'Huddersfield Daily Chronicle'.

First Annual Outing was arranged:- Cawthorne, June 7th, 1898.

May, 1899, Lord Roberts visited Huddersfield to lay the foundations of a new Volunteer Drill Hall. The Army Veterans had seats in the enclosure. After the laying of the stone they were inspected by Lord Roberts after which dinner was served at the White Swan Hotel; forty Veterans being present along with the Committee.

Second Annual Outing was arranged:- Harden Moss, June 18th, 1899. Lunch 1s.6d, tea 1s.3d.

February 9th, 1909. Committee Meeting altereds to third Tuesday of the month, as it is now.

First Christmas Gift:- December 1909. A gift of two coupons to each Veteran valued at 2s.6d each.

First Annual Dinner was arranged:- Cherry Tree Hotel, January 1911.

About the Association

The Association was founded in 1897 by a group of Huddersfield businessmen who saw a need to provide a welfare service for Veterans of the Crimea. For over 100 years the Association has kept the Veterans profile in the public eye, lest they be forgotten, and still provides a welfare service to today's Veterans, which includes Outings, Socials, Dinners and help in time of need.

For ex-members of the Army, Royal Navy and Royal Air Force, aged over 55 years, and who were discharged from the forces with 'good character' and live in Huddersfield and part of Brighouse.

The Formation of  H. & D.A.V.A.

During the Jubilee Celebrations in June , 1897, a parade of Crimean and Indian Mutiny Veterans paraded through Huddersfield. A Major Welsh who was at the saluting base in the Market Place, decided that the people of this town owed a debt to these Veterans and it was our duty to help them in their retirement.

In September he called together a small meeting of selected gentlemen, among whom were Major Beadon and Ald. Glendenning. It was agreed to form an association of ex-servicemen. They met again at the White Swan Hotel on the 7th December, 1897. Present were:- Major Beadon, Mr W. Beaumont, Mr F. Fawcett, Ald. Glendenning, Ald. R. H. Inman, Ald. B. Stocks and Mr J. Lee.

It was agreed that the Association would be called the H & D.A.V.A., Major Beadon to be the first Chairman and President, Major Welsh the Hon. Secretary and Ald. B. Stocks the Hon. Treasurer. All Veterans who were on the Jubilee Parade list were invited to become members, forty four veterans became members.

Association History

Between December, 1897 and March, 1898 four deaths occured. Imposing funerals with firing parties with the local Volunteer Regimental Band were present, tea after was taken at the White Swan Hotel. Fifty Veterans attended the funerals. The Press gave it much prominence.

At the Committee Meeting held in January, 1898, it was decided to hold an annual outing to be held on June 7th. On the day lunch was taken at the White Swan at 1.00 pm, then a drive to Cawthorne for tea. Tobacco was supplied. Wagonettes were hired.

At the November, 1898, meeting arrangements for a concert were made, to be held on Tuesday, December 13th at 'The Armoury'. some twenty artists along with the band of the 2nd Duke of Wellington's Volunteer Battalion and Piper Findlater, V.C. were asked to take part. Mr Fillan, who had recently joined the Committee was asked to distribute the tickets. A profit of 19.9s.9d was made.