Korean Veterans Church Service
and Reunion Lunch Friday 10 July 2015
Michael Tailor-Young took this photo beside the Korea War Memorial outside St Sepulchre's, the Regimental Chapel following the service held to remember those Royal Fusiliers who were killed in action, injured and taken prisoner during the United Nations conflict in Korea 1951-53. The service was conducted by the Rev David Ingell and was attended by some 30 Branch members including our new President, Colonel Mike Dudding OBE TD DL, and Chairman, Lt Colonel Keith Kiddie. The lesson was read by Mike Mogridge, and the wreath was laid by Jack Durbin over from the USA. Jack attended with his sister, daughter and son-in-law, the latter a Veteran of the war in Vietnam. The Regimental Standard was carried by Peter Galloway.
After the service, and courtesy of Roy Knight (City of London Branch), a fleet of six taxis kindly supplied by the London Taxi Cab Drivers Benevolent Association for War Disabled, took us all onto the Tower for lunch which was a most enjoyable meal of shepherds pie followed by apple pie provided by Carole Meyzes, our caterer.
One notable reunion on the day was between Michael Tailor-Young and George Rose who worked together in the Battalion Orderly Room in Korea. We hope to see more of Michael at our future social occasions.
Corps of Drums, Malta '59
John Ringwood first served in the Merchant Navy in 1952 aged 16, before being called up for National Service in 1957, joining the Royal Fusiliers on December 5th 1957. He served in Kenya, Bahrain, and Malta. Discharged December 1959, returning to the sea.
John was the designer and inspiration behind the Dockers Statue (right) in the Royal Victoria Dock, just outside the ExCel centre. The man pushing the barrow is modelled on John.
John recently had his shed judged for the 'Daliy Mirror Shed of the Year'.
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John Ringwood very kindly sent this photo of the Corps of Drums, Malta 1959. John is far right, front row.
And fifty-five years later...below left, with George Rose, Remembrance Sunday 2014, Holborn.
Ron Miller and John Powney met up again after 60 years
Korean vets Ron Miller (seated) and John Powney recently met up in a London pub after a not seeing each other for sixty years!
They first met in Canterbury in 1952 before going to Hong Kong and then to Kure in Japan. From there they went to Korea and were in the same Company and section together.
Ron, who spent most of his time in Korea as a POW never saw John again until recently when they met up along with John's two sons and brother.
Sunday 20th October 2013 saw the unveiling and blessing of the Regimental Memorial at the National Memorial Arboretum.
Above, Chelsea In-Pensioners Gerry Farmer and Bert Mayle (right) at the grave of fellow Fusilier Barry Robinson.
Mike Mogridge BEM
As you will know the the previous BEM was terminated by John Major and the present BEM was reinstituted by David Cameron for Meritorious voluntary (unpaid) service for the wider community. Mine was for services to SSAFA.
I mention this fact because I was so impressed by the citations of the people who preceded me at the ceremony. One lady had run a kitchen daily for street people for 30 years and another was Paul Murphy who had been President and Chairman of the English Rugby Union for 16 years. I sat there filled with trepidation that they could find something remotely comparable for myself. However, they managed to scrabble around and find sufficient to save my face. The presentation was in the Ceremonial Rooms at Bodicot House, Banbury, which is the country residence of HRH The Duke of Gloucester, the citation was read by the Lord Lieutenant for Oxfordshire and the medal presented by HRH. The Duke was well read up on Korea because he did, you will remember, unveil our Korean Memorial on the Embankment. As a consequence he spent more time chatting to me and my family than he otherwise would have so a little bonus! Mike
Congratulations Mike from all at the Association.
The Queen's New Year's Honours
Left: My son Lt Colonel Fraser Mogridge and daughter Mrs Fiona Mowlem, my wife Rhona along with HRH The Duke of Gloucester
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