Welcome to our website and hope that you find it interesting and informative. Although this Association was originally started for ex 1st Bn servicemen (hence the White Hackle), we warmly welcome both serving and former members of RRF to our wonderful Association room at HM Tower of London.
If you are still not a member then this is your chance to find old friends and to make new ones.
The Association has five reunions a year, all at the Tower of London, along with a special reunion for Korean veterans. See the events page for 2018 diary dates.
Depot RF rifle shooting team 1955
New member Peter Harris, who now lives in Christchurch, New Zealand, sent in this fine photograph from 1955. He writes that the names are: Back row: Sgt Jones RAEC, Fus Bird, Capt Marriott, Sgt Hooper and CSM Hopton
Front row: Fus (later Cpl) Springle but the next two we are struggling for names. Do you know? If so, get in touch!
Click on the photo to enlarge.
The Third Annual Memorial Lecture
Wednesday 23rd May 2018 6.00pm at St. Sepulchres.
“The Morality and Tradition of the Just War”
The mystery is solved of the identity of these two NCO's that featured in our recent newsletter. Click here to find out who they are.
Our well supported reunions at The Tower of London are the backbone of the Association. Next reunion is Friday 18th May 2018 at 7pm.
A special Vintage lunch (over 80's) is also held in September.
Appeal for Korean War Artefacts
The Memorial Hall in Pusan Cemetery in Korea are asking for artefacts relating to the Korean War. Can you help?
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Memoir of a Korean War PoW
by Ron Miller
Ron Miller, who was a prisoner of war during Korea, has put pen to paper and produced a very personal account of his time in the Regiment from 1951–1953.
Copies are £5 each and all proceeds go towards Combat Stress. To get a copy, please see Ron at the next reunion.
Our Association President, Col. Mike Dudding, has also published a book. Challenge in Chitral is the remarkable story of the relief of the Chitral garrison in 1895.
The book sets out the background to the events in Chitral, the stories of the two relieving forces and the subsequent political ramifications in London and Calcutta.
Challenge in Chitral
by Col. Michael Dudding
The book can be purchased from the author for £13.50 (incl p&p). Michael Dudding, 153 Rosendale Road, West Dulwich, London SE21 8HE or you can email: mjd451.com
Cheques made payable to "Michael Dudding".
Contact Michael for bank transfer details if you prefer to pay that way. Click here to download order form.
Cargoes & Capers
by Johnny Ringwood
Reunion regular Johnny Ringwood has had his long awaited memoirs published.
Cargoes & Capers tells the story of his life from the East End to the Merchant Navy, Royal Fusiliers and a career in London's docks. A frank and honest account of his remarkable life. Available on Amazon at £5.99. Also in Kindle format. Click here.
Our reunion on Friday 13th October was a popular event with a very fine turnout. The reunion had a number of guests who had come to the Tower to also see the Ceremony of the keys. Amongst them was Terry Crowley's granddaughter Hannah (above) with her partner Petar.
A short history of the Royal Fusiliers between 1945 and 1968 is to be written as that period has never been adequately covered.
A professional editor and author, Mr. David Martin, will work with designated overseers of chapters. All members of the Association are invited to contribute a short word or two about an amusing or interesting event in that time frame.
Read all about it!
Ron Miller has appeared in the Hackney Gazette regarding his memoirs of his time as a PoW during the Korean War.
Reunion dates for 2018
The next reunion at the Tower will be Friday 18th May 2018, starting at 7pm.
Full 2018 dates on Events page.
Capt. John Davis
16 Grebe Close, Mudeford, Christchurch, Dorset BH23 4BY
Tel: 07752 384320
Colonel M J Dudding OBE TD DL
Lieutenant Colonel K W Kiddie
36 Maryfield Close, Bexley,
Kent DA5 2HY
Tel: 01322 550285
The White Hackle editor
2 Keswick Road,
West Wickham, Kent BR4 9AT
Tel: 07702 008446