The Huddersfield Veterans

During the Jubilee Celebrations in June , 1897, a parade of Crimean and Indian Mutiny Veterans marched through Huddersfield.  Amongst the celebrities on the saluting base in the Market Place was Major Welsh.  He decided that the people of Huddersfield owed these Veterans a debt, and that they should be looked after in their retirement.  Thus the Huddersfield & District Army Veterans' Association was formed in the Autumn of 1897. Forty four Veterans became members.

Over the 100 plus years since its inauguration, the Association has served the needs of Veterans from the two World Wars.  In the future we will look to recruit from National Service Personnel and volunteer members of the Armed Forces who have served since 1945.

Today the Association has 70 members, of whome 50 took part in the Centenary parade held on Sunday, 15th June 1997, followed by a service in Huddersfield Parish Church to celebrate the occasion.

Now, in the 21st Century, the threats to peace are different. Members of our Armed Forces are likely to be called to serve in conflicts and peace keeping missions anywhere in the world.  The Association's main objective, that of providing a dedicated welfare function for ex-service people, will therefore remain paramount for the foreseeable future.

The camaraderie which exists amongst the present members, most of whom served in the 39-45 war, remains as strong as ever.  It is envisaged that this lifetime bonding of ex-service personnel will flourish within this unique Association for generations to come.

If you would like to share in this camaraderie, and you have the necessary qualifications, we shall be delighted to hear from you.

Qualifications for Membership

An applicant for membership must
  • Be at least 55 years of age
  • Have served in the Armed Forces and been discharged with good conduct
  • Currently live in, or near, Huddersfield

Join Us

Download and print the form by clicking on the following  link or, if preferred, contact our secretary for more details (his postal address, phone number and email address can be found at the bottom of every page on our website).

Download Application Form

Responsibilities of Membership

  • Collecting on Flag Days
  • Attendance on parades, e.g. Remembrance Sunday
  • Attendance at funerals

Benefits of Membership


  • Annual dinner
  • Annual outing
  • Quarterly socials

Services of Welfare Officer

  • Home visits
  • Hospital visits
  • Assistance in time of need
  • Winter fuel allowance for over 70's
  • Advice and assistance with funerals if required

Services of Quartermaster

  • Provision of uniform
  • Provision of civilian clothing