VETERANS have expressed outrage at proposals to scrap the famous Duke of Wellington's Regiment.
The Examiner has been flooded with calls and messages of concern after an announcement that the Army could be restructured and the Dukes scrapped.
Defence Secretary Geoff Hoon was expected to announce the overhaul later today - but already a backlash has begun.
It is thought the Government will propose a merger of the Dukes and the other Yorkshire regiments, the Green Howards and the Prince of Wales's Own.
The Dukes have recruited from the Huddersfield area for more than 250 years and many people are worried that ties with the town will be lost.
Kevan Leach, 58, of Marsh, was a Duke from 1966 to 1972. He is disgusted that the Dukes may become part of a Yorkshire Regiment.
He said: "The Duke of Wellington's Regiment has so much rich history. It appalling anyone should even consider getting rid of them.
"They have fought in so many important battles during the years, from Waterloo to the Second World War. The name should be honoured and respected.
"If the history cannot be connected with a name then the pride goes and the links with the home towns and areas are lost as well.
"The Dukes are like a community in Huddersfield and Halifax, but I don't think the people who dream these changes up understand that."
Philip Lambert, 85, from Cowcliffe, served in the regiment for six years from 1940. He spent most of his time in India and suffered from dysentery and malaria while he was there.
Even though he admits his time in the Army was not always the happiest, he believes the regiment should be left as it is.
"My first thought was that the regiment had been connected with the area for so many years it would be a shame if it was taken away," he said.
"To so many people it means so much. That should never be forgotten," said Mr Lambert.
"I do not see any major reason why the Dukes should die after so long."
Former lawyer Phillip Oddy, 63, of Upper Cumberworth, said he was outraged that the Dukes could be scrapped.
He said: "I had a lot of friends who served in the Duke of Wellington's Regiment - and I know the pride that goes along with that.
"It seems all the history and heritage of this country is being eroded and lost.
"Today's Dukes are setting off back to Iraq soon. How is this going to make them feel? They will be as proud as anyone else to be Dukes - but soon they could lose that honour."