THE Colonel of the Duke of Wellington's Regiment has praised the Examiner and its readers.
In a letter, Maj-Gen Sir Evelyn Webb-Carter thanked everyone who supported the Dukes during the campaign to save the regiment.
Last month, Defence Secretary Geoff Hoon finally announced that the Dukes would merge with the Green Howards and the Prince of Wales's Own to form a Yorkshire Regiment - but the historic names would live on as battalions.
Sir Evelyn said: "Thank you for the outstanding support we have had from the Huddersfield Examiner.
"As you will recall, very early on I, together with the colonels of our two sister Yorkshire regiments, concluded that a fight for our status quo as independent regiments would be neither practical nor helpful.
"What was more important was to face and fight the very real threat to take a battalion from our current three in Yorkshire.
"Only if we could keep all three could we have any chance of taking forward a large and recognisable part of our identity and historic ties to our home recruiting areas.
"In this we have succeeded - but only just.
"On behalf of all of us in the regiment could I offer you my deepest and most sincere thanks for your willingness to support us and make our joint voices heard."
Sir Evelyn also confirmed that the Dukes would join forces with the two other Yorkshire regiments by the end of this year.
By 2008 the Dukes will be based at either Tidworth or Warminster, both in Wiltshire.
Sir Evelyn expressed dismay that the Scottish regiments got different treatment to those in Yorkshire during the Army shake-up.
"I don't expect it will have escaped your notice that the Scottish regiments have succeeded in fudging the issue of regimental names," he said.
"This has infuriated me and the other Yorkshire colonels.
"I have had some time to think about this and I have come to the conclusion that to create a hiatus about this is not a good way to launch a new regiment.
"We now need everybody in the regimental family, and our friends and supporters beyond, to accept what has happened and look to the future by supporting the new regiment in ever way possible.
"It will not be easy and I hate the thought of the loss of the cap badge my father wore. But we have to move on."