FAMILY tales of wartime heroism and survival against all odds have spurred a high-flying businesswoman to add her voice to the campaign to save the Dukes.
Stella Littlewood's grandfather, Sgt-Maj Fred Gibson, was badly wounded in Turkey during the Gallipoli campaign in the First World War.
The War Office mistakenly reported him killed in action and a death notice appeared in the Examiner.
His family even received a letter of sympathy from George V.
Despite receiving shrapnel in his head, Sgt-Maj Gibson recovered and carried on fighting throughout the conflict. He was demobilised in 1920.
But when the call to arms was raised during the Second World War, he became a recruiting sergeant for the Army in Huddersfield, retiring in 1951. He died in 1954.
Mrs Littlewood, who grew up in Huddersfield but now lives in Worthing, West Sussex, and is a company director, said she felt compelled to have her voice heard because of very personal reasons.
"I still have the regimental motto, beautifully embroidered, and my grandfather's wonderful red dress uniform.
"I wore this proudly into Huddersfield on the bus in the 1960s, when the Beatles and Sgt Pepper were number one - but not before my father made me remove the special insignia.
"I had to respect the Dukes," added Mrs Littlewood.
The Defence Ministry has announced that top brass plan to merge a handful of battalions, including the Dukes.
Defence Secretary Geoff Hoon has said the names and traditions of the regiments would then live on.