The Yorkshire Regiment Association (YRA)
- To promote the efficiency of the Regiment by fostering esprit de corps, comradeship and the welfare of the Regiment and establishing and preserving its traditions.
To make recommendation, as necessary, to the Yorkshire Regiment Benevolence Case Committee, in order to provide relief either generally or individually, for members of the Association or past and present members of the Regiment, and their dependants, who are in conditions of need, hardship or distress.
To support recruiting by encouraging suitable young men to join the Regiment and by assisting the Regiment in its activities to promote awareness of the Regiment and its good name in its recruiting area.
To raise funds for the Yorkshire Regiment Charitable Trust
A Message From The Chairman
At the beginning of December last year, we started to build your new look regimental association. We were successful in getting a grant from the Trustees of the Regimental Board, which for me was great result and confirmed just how serious the regiment is about looking after our service leavers, veterans and their families.
We then set about recruiting branch committee members for seven, new YRA branches in Yorkshire and the NE, and I would publicly like to record my thanks to the support of so many in 4 YORKS and in particular the RSM for their assistance in getting these branches up and running.
All members of the regimental family from cadets, serving soldiers, YORKS veterans, antecedent veterans and the families of our fallen have been informed by letter of our push to have a great, all-inclusive association. We have also successfully invited one of the mothers of one of our fallen soldiers to represent the families of the fallen.
At the moment, twelve of our antecedent association branches have added the Yorkshire Regiment name to theirs and we are extremely grateful to them. All the branch details are available on request.
I have attended the majority of the launch events for the new branches along with our Vice Chairman Major Charlie Helmn, supported by Wing Commander Alan Bartlett as Secretary of the YRA and Janet Gul and Kimberley Fisher in the AHQs. Without the contribution of these hard working souls we would not have an association which has been quickly established and is growing!
I must mention the Branch meeting in Warminster that took place on 11 February in the Conservative Club. We had at least 150 lads turn up, not all serving and many from the antecedent regiments; PWO, Green Howards and Dukes. The CO, RSM, and many officers from 1 YORKS also turned up to support the launch. I was taken aback by the level of attendance and if we can involve our serving solders in this way our branches up north will also benefit in the future.
What a great start and thank you each and every one of you for your support and enthusiasm.
Maj Pat Ralph MM
YRA Constitution & Rules
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2016 Key YRA Dates
5 March - AGM & Reunion
21 May - Regimental Races
18 June - Colours Parade
3 September - Op Reunion