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 2017 diary dates.
It is my very sad duty to inform you that Bert Mayle passed away at 6.45pm (1845 hrs) on 27 June 2017. He had suffered a severe stroke last weekend.
I know you will agree with me that we have lost a friend and comrade of the very highest calibre who devoted most of his long life to the service in London of firstly The Royal Fusiliers and since St George's Day 1968 The Royal Regiment of Fusiliers.
Truly he qualified as "Once a Fusilier, Always a Fusilier"
Yours sadly, John Davis
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Ron Miller has appeared in the Hackney Gazette regarding his memoirs of his time as a PoW during the Korean War.
Our well supported reunions at The Tower of London are the backbone of the Association. Next reunion is Friday 13th October, 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?
We're now on Twitter!
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Our annual Terry Crowley Memorial Dinner was held at the Tower on Saturday 6 May and what a wonderful evening it was. Read more.
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 £4 each and all proceeds go towards Combat Stress. To get a copy, please see Ron at the next reunion.
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 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.
New Tower of London entry procedure
Between 0900-1700 hours only tourists will be allowed through the West Gate. This will affect us in that members attending our daytime reunions (this year the Korean Veterans on Thursday 2 July and the Vintage Lunch on Thursday 14 September).
Reunion dates for 2017
The next reunion at the Tower will be Friday 13 October 2017, starting at 7pm.
Full 2017 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