Fusiliers Association

1st Bn Royal Fusiliers and Royal Regiment of Fusiliers (London) Branch of the Fusiliers Association

Korean Memorial

A ceremony was held in Holborn on the July anniversary of the ending of the Korean War, 64 years ago.

Mike Mogridge's daughter kindly supplied the photos.

 

The service was conducted by David Ingall, Priest-in-Charge. Joe Hill salutes after laying a wreath, with Peter Galloway and Richard Stew as Standard bearers while Mike Mogridge took charge of the bugle.

 

In November 1943 1st Battalion Royal Fusiliers faced their first major engagement in Italy, the crossing of the River Sangro.  Along with 1st/12th Frontier Force Rifles and 1st/5th Royal Gurkha Rifles they formed 17th Indian Brigade of 8th Indian Division.  The plan was for the Gurkhas to capture the fortified village of Mozzagrogna on the far bank and for the Fusiliers to pass through them to take the village of Santa Maria.  But the capture of Mozzagrogna proved a tough proposition, even for the indomitable Gurkhas.  At 0130 hrs on 28 November the brigade commander ordered B and C Companies of 1 RF to go into Mozzagrogna to assist them.

 

It was a murderous battle. Major Peter Warner, OC C Company, distinguished himself by shooting German tank crews from the church tower, winning the Military Cross.  The Gurkhas were ordered to withdraw, covered by the Fusiliers.  1 RF suffered some 95 casualties, and 1st/5th Gurkhas even more.  The close co-operation between the two regiments was later celebrated by the exchange of a silver kukri (now in the Museum at the Tower of London) and a silver salver;  and a memorial naming both units was installed outside the Royal Fusiliers Memorial Chapel at the Church of St. Sepulchre-without-Newgate.

 

Under the auspices of the Memorial Chapel Committee a memorial ceremony was enacted on 4 February this year.  It was attended by the Area Secretary (Major Mick McCarthy), uniformed buglers and other Fusiliers;  and by 2nd Lieutenant David Carter and LCpl Sabin Tamang of 2nd Battalion Royal Gurkha Rifles, based in Shorncliffe, near Folkestone.  Since the 5th Gurkha Rifles were allocated to the Indian Army on independence in 1947, the present-day Indian Army was represented by Brigadier Rajesh Kumar Jha, Military Adviser at the Indian High Commission.  The ceremony involved the short reading of an account of the battle, the sounding of the Last Post and Reveille. The Kohima Epitaph, wreath laying and a blessing by the Hon. Chaplain, Revd. David Ingall.  Most of the party then retired to the Tower of London for the monthly “pub lunch”.  It is hoped that the event can be repeated in 2017.

 

Bill Gardener, Peter Borne, Bob Smoker, George Reed, Terry Lambert and Brian Straughan (RRF Standard Bearer).

Right from top:

Terry Lambert, Bob Smoker, Bob McCormick, Dave Cheetham, Peter Borne, George Reed, Maj Chris Webb, Peter Galloway, Maj Gos Home, Micky Spillane, Bill Gardener and Brian Straughan. Obituary

Funeral for
Bob Keating

Appeal for Korean War Artefacts

The Memorial Hall in Pusan Cemetery in Korea are asking for artefacts relating to the Korean War from all nations who took part in the conflict.

Mr Alan Guy MBE, Korean Liaison Officer of the BKVA has been asked to appeal to veterans and their families for anything that can be donated. Typical items would be weaponry, items of uniform, medals or replica medals, photographs or copies of photos, letters to home, cap badges, shoulder flashes, Christmas menus, shell cases, propaganda leaflets etc. please ask yourselves what will happen to your own artefacts after you have gone?

 

If you can help in any way, please contact
Mr Guy at 28 Foxlake Road, Byfleet,

Surrey KT14 7PW.

Email: a.guy2@ntlworld.com

All donations will be acknowledged

Eastenders - pulling no punches

John Ringwood met fellow East End boy Ray Winstone at a recent garden party held at Buckingham Palace.

They quickly found that they had other things in common.  John said " We had a chat for a while and we found out that we both had something in common, Ray said his dad had a stall in Rathbone Market, which is Canning Town, and my dad had a jellied eel stall outside the Raglan pub which was in Plaistow. Ray's a lovely fella".

 

John was recently in an article for his local newspaper the Romford Recorder.

The piece was about how important it is to stay fit, whatever your age.

 

GOLD AGE

John, who turned 80 this year, is a regular at Central Park Leisure Centre in Harold Hill,  pushing himself to the limit three times a week. John says " I tell people, when they reach a certain age, it's gold age, not old age!".

 

His trainer said "John is in incredible shape, and looks unreal for his age. Staying fit is vital for your health – life is too short to just sit back. It's never too late to start."

The Royal Fusiliers are still alive and well in North Vancouver BC Canada. This was taken at the 2016 Remembrance Day parade.

 

I was privileged to be the Veteran of honor. I have to confess my headdress was of the 'old' school 'white hackle' but I like it. I was escorted by a lady RCMP officer and a Sgt member of the Canadian forces. This is a ceremony I have participated in for 20 years rain or shine.

 

I always feel proud to wear 'the white hackle' it always raises question from the public gathering, which by the way increases every year.

 

Regards to all, Len.

The White Hackle in
North Vancouver

From Len Lockmuller

1st Bn Royal Fusiliers and Royal Regiment of Fusiliers (London) Branch of the Fusiliers Association

Secretary

Capt. John Davis

16 Grebe Close, Mudeford, Christchurch, Dorset BH23 4BY

Tel: 07752 384320

Email: jonpudavis@googlemail.com

 

President

Colonel M J Dudding OBE TD DL

 

Chairman

Lieutenant Colonel K W Kiddie

Treasurer

George Rose

36 Maryfield Close, Bexley,
Kent DA5 2HY

Tel: 01322 550285

 

The White Hackle editor

Rob Crowley

2 Keswick Road,
West Wickham, Kent BR4 9AT

Tel: 07702 008446

rob@crowleydesign.co.uk