Fusiliers Association

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

Lawrence Gibbins

Jim Fox

Jim Fox passed away on 20th May 2017 aged 96.


He was born 25th July 1920 and served in the second world war.

'B' coy 12th Btn 4th Indian Division 5 Brigade

Hounslow 1937, 2nd Btn 1938. 1st Egypt. Sudan, Eritria,  Agordat Keren. April 1941 Western Desert

Syria, Iraq, Trantot, Italy.


He left the Battalion at Pescara, Italy.

Lawrence Gibbins

Lawrie Gibbins  sadly passed away on 16th June 2017 in Malaga, Spain where he had lived for the past 32 years. He was 85.


Lawrie served  September 1949 –  September 1954. He was based at the Tower of London and also spent time in Berlin and BAOR.


He fought in Korea where he was injured after being blown up which broke his neck as well as getting shrapnel in his leg and foot. He spent 3 months in Japan for medical treatment and R&R.


He married Solange, who is Swiss, and they had two daugthers, Nathalie and Laura-Jane. He also had Nigel and Suzanne from his first marriage.


Left: Lawrie at the Fusilier memorial in Holborn and Right: A young Lawrie in uniform.



Lawrence Gibbins

Bert Mayle

Bert Mayle sadly passed away on 27 June 2017.

Around 400 people attended the funeral of Bert at the Royal Hospital Chelsea. Many had travelled long distances to pay their last respects to a lovely man and a fine Fusilier.

After the service at Chelsea, a private family service was held followed by refreshments in Surrey. More images here.

A full obituary to follow soon.


Left: Bert with former speaker of the House, Betty Boothroyd.

Bob Riley

On 25 March WO2 Bob Riley, ex 1st and 3rd Battalion and Queens Royal Surreys passed away.


Bob commenced his service as a National Serviceman enlisting into the Royal Fusiliers, City of London Regiment.


His funeral will took place on 11 April  at Sunderland Crematorium, Chester Road, Sunderland, SR4 7RS.

Gordon Russell

Died 14 December 2016, aged 83.

Gordon joined in 1952, D Company based at the Tower of London and saw active service in Korea.

He attended many reunions and was a keen member of the Korean War Veterans Association.

Major General David Woodford CBE

Major General David Woodford CBE, died on Thursday 6th April 2017, following a long illness.


He was originally commissioned as a Royal Fusilier in the 1950s and served in Korea. He went on to command 3rd Bn RRF 1970-1972 in Gibraltar and Colchester, including two roulemont tours in Northern Ireland.


He was appointed Deputy Colonel of the RRF for Lancashire from 1977-1982 and was Colonel of the Regiment RRF 1982-1986.


In December 2013, David wrote an article for the The White Hackle newsletter recalling his time in Berlin after the Second World War, where he met Rudolph Hess in Spandau Prision. A pdf of the article can be found here.

Edward (Ted) Albert Brian Buckle

Ted Buckle passed away on the 19th of April 2017. Ted, who was 83, served with 1st Bn RF, 1951-1953.


His funeral was at 
St. Mary's Church,
Church Hill, Tatsfield, Surrey, TN16 2JX on 8th May 2017.

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


Capt. John Davis

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

Tel: 07752 384320

Email: jonpudavis@googlemail.com



Colonel M J Dudding OBE TD DL



Lieutenant Colonel K W Kiddie


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